Timeline of Events

Fall 2017

  • As a part of Super Service Saturday, volunteers came out on August 26th,to help remove Johnson grass from the site.
  • KU and Lawrence community volunteers planted the Prairie Acre Demonstration Garden in late September. 
  • On September 30th, volunteers gathered to remove Johnson grass and other invasive species from Prairie Acre.
  • Seeds were harvested from native remnant prairies near the KU Field Station during the month of October.
  • On October 24th, the KU Center for Sustainability hosted the Prairie Acre Open House.
  • Volunteers gathered at the Kansas Biological Survey on December 3rd, to clean seeds previously collected.

Spring 2017 

  • On March 14, 2017, a prescribed burn was conducted on the Prairie Acre site during snowy conditions. 
  • The EVRN capstone class worked on pulling out irises from the iris beds around the site.
  • Facilities and Operations mulched the old iris beds, assisted in the tilling of the expansion site located east of Prairie     Acre Proper and helped eliminate Bermuda grass from the expansion site.
  • Volunteers gathered to plant the prepared expansion site on Earth Day.
  • Bonnie Johnson incorporated Prairie Acre into the Site Planning and Design course in the Urban Planning Program. 

Spring 2016

  • Volunteers gathered to plant seeds from 100 different species in the greenhouse.
  • Project leaders and Field Station Crew conducted a controlled burn.
  • On Earth Day, two weeks after the burn, volunteers gathered to plant nearly 3,000 seedlings at Prairie Acre.

Fall 2015

  • Volunteers gathered for planning meetings in the fall of 2015 to discuss hopes and visions for Prairie Acre.
  • Matt Burke, Department of Visual Art, incorporated Prairie Acre into his curriculum, asking his sculpture students to        envision and work on a structure for the site.
  • Fundraising kick-off! The Endowment Association helped set up a donation site to help raise money for the project. 
  • The EVRN Field Ecology class visited numerous prairies to study techniques that go into prairie restorations.
  • In October, Dr. Hagen's Field Ecology class and Dr. Helen Alexander's Kansas Landscapes class harvested seeds            from native remnant prairies around Douglas County. 
  • Volunteers led by Courtney Masterson and Kelly Kindscher collected seeds from nearby native prairie remnants.
  • On December 6th, volunteers gathered at the Kansas Biological Survey to clean seeds harvested in October.

Summer 2015

  • Dr. Robert Hagen incorporated Prairie Acre into the curriculum of his Field Ecology class as well as EVRN 170, 171,        and 172. The classes worked on creating a number of permanent plots which will be used for tracking plant diversity in the coming years, identified the number of species and their abundance in each plot, identified invasive species, and began removing woody invasive species from the site.  

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