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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 17, 2014

Conservation Board to present Prairie Adventures

Feb 10, 2014

One-fifth of the world’s Grade A soil lies within the borders of Iowa. How did this soil form? How did it develop into farmland? These questions will be explored in the Smithsonian exhibit on Listening to the Prairie, and much more at the Washington County Conservation Board’s program “Prairie Adventures.” This program will be held at the Conservation Education Center at Marr Park at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

Roughly 80 percent of Iowa was once covered with prairie. These fertile soils attracted many settlers to Iowa until we would become the breadbasket of the world. Participants will view the national Smithsonian exhibit currently on display and learn how it applies to Iowans. Weather permitting, the group will step outside to view the Marr Park prairie and discover what the Conservation Board is doing to bring back the prairie on county properties.

The Smithsonian Exhibit, Listening to the Prairie: Farming in Nature’s Image, is a traveling display brought to Iowa by the Friends of Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Blackhawk County. It will be on display in the Center through the end of April and can be viewed by the public during regular open hours of the building.

For more information, contact Naturalist Pam Holz at 319/657-2400 or <wccbnaturalist@iowatelecom.net>.

 

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