Dordt College News

Stroll through the Dordt College prairie

June 16, 2011

Recreating a tall grass prairie in the heart of what was once a sea of flowing grasses was a dream of Dordt College students and faculty that came to life beginning in 2008. Today the prairie restoration project is in bloom with more than 80 species of wildflowers and grasses that were native to this region in the 1800s. The community is invited to stroll through a piece of northwest Iowa’s restored history by taking a tour through the blossoming prairie.

Prairie Walk through the Dordt College prairie will be held July 19 at 7 p.m. Participants should meet by the bird/wildlife sign at the northwest corner of the Dordt soccer field. Parking is available to the east and south of Covenant Hall located on the east end of campus.

Dordt College biology and environmental studies faculty and students will be helping guide and inform small groups about the many aspects of the prairie. They will share an introduction to the prairie, discuss recent management practices, and explain what people can expect to see in the future. Participants will each receive a brochure with photos identifying the plants in bloom.

Restoration projects like Dordt’s prairie help to preserve unique species of wildflowers and grasses; provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife; and offer residents the opportunity to learn and appreciate this beautiful part of God’s creation.

Throughout the summer and fall the prairie’s landscape will change as new species of wildflowers and grasses emerge. To witness the changes, monthly walks are also planned for August 16, and September 20. A June Prairie Walk was also held with about 30 people of all ages attending.

Click here for more information about and photos of the Dordt College Prairie. The Prairie Walks are co-sponsored by Dordt College and the Sioux Center Public Library.

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