A Prairie Walk on July 22nd at Cedar Hills Sand Prairie is being hosted by the Cedar Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, Iowa Prairie Network Region 3, and Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at UNI.
Cedar Hills Sand Prairie is an 80 acre upland prairie underlain with with eolian (wind-blown) sand. The site is a diverse mixture of several prairie plant communities: dry prairie, mesic prairie, wet prairie and a fen. Thirty five acres of the prairie has never been plowed and the remaining acres have been undergoing succession back to prairie for the past thirty years. The walk will be led by Daryl Smith assisted by Bruce Stiles. Please join us for this outing to enjoy the midsummer wild flowers and the transition from cool-season grasses to warm-season grasses. We will also discuss the origin of the prairie and the recent history of the area.
Plan to meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Thunder Ridge Mall parking lot in Cedar Falls and car pool/caravan to the prairie. For those who wish to join the group at the site at 9:45a.m., Cedar Hills Sand Prairie is located at the intersection of Butler and Mark roads. Park on the east side of Butler road south of the intersection near the west entrance.
A walk is being planned for September in conjunction with Iowa Prairie Heritage Week. Details will be available later.