CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
Public program offers chance to collect and sow native prairie grass
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Members of the public will learn how to identify
native prairie grasses, collect seed and then sow those seeds this Saturday,
Oct. 18, as part of a prairie management program at the University of Iowa
Macbride Nature Recreation Area.
The 2 p.m. program is free and open to the public. It will be at the
reconstructed prairie located adjacent to the Sailing Club parking area
at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, located on County Road F-28 between
North Liberty and Solon.
In addition to learning how to identify grasses and collect seed, participants
will also be able to observe a prairie burn -- weather permitting -- and
then scatter the seeds they have collected on the burned area. Participants
are asked to bring a paper bag for collecting seeds and a rake for raking
the seeds into the burned area.
The event is sponsored by the UI Division of Recreational Services,
Kirkwood Community College Parks and Natural Resources Program, Ion Exchange
of Harper's Ferry, and Randy Poole of North Liberty.