Prairie Acre is an unplowed, native prairie remnant located on KU’s main campus in Lawrence, KS. The site represents the local ecological heritage and is an important connection to the regions historic tall-grass prairie landscape. While it has been protected by KU since 1932, Prairie Acre fell off the radar and degraded in quality over the past several decades. In 2014, a senior undergraduate capstone group from the Environmental Studies Program produced a plan to restore the historic piece of land.

The KU Center for Sustainability, the KU Environmental Studies Program, and the Kansas Biological Survey are partnering and working with the KU community to restore the site based on the plan produced in 2014. Since the conception of the restoration project, the KU Environmental Studies Field Ecology and Capstone courses have allowed students the opportunity to continue researching and outlining the restoration process and potential future plans for the site. 

Volunteers planting native flowers in the Prairie Acre southeast expansion site.

Students gather around to take a closer look at the plant Bob Hagen is holding.

A volunteer watering native seedlings in a greenhouse.

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