|Visitors' Center at Prairie Garden Trust.|
|Transplanting native wildflowers.|
|Drawing in her science journal.|
Finally, the children studied posters of currently blooming Missouri native wildflowers and were sent on a short walk around the visitor’s center to see how many species they could correctly identify. We discussed the common names of these plants and also discussed other species that we expect to see on our hike through the dogleg prairie. Each student received a copy of “Native Plants for your Landscape,” a publication of the Missouri Departments of Conservation and Agriculture.
Both groups of students swapped places, so each child planted a flower to take home, and participated in the seed dissection/germinating and wild flower identification portion of our club meeting.
With the Science and Nature Club meeting finally over, it was time for grubby fingers to be washed and empty stomachs to be filled! On the manicured lawn of the visitor’s center, a motley crew of blankets and table cloths laid under the sky like sun-soaking butterflies. All was quiet as everyone dug in to a well-deserved homemade lunch.
Our day was made perfect with a beautiful hike through the PGT lead by Jen and Matt. Through savannah and prairie, Jen and Matt pointed out blooming wildflowers like Shining Blue Stars, Indian Paintbrush, and Southern Blue Flags, and discussed native grasses and invasive species. We traversed mowed paths to a rocky bluff top, and then wove through the prairie on our way back to the visitor’s center. All in all, a perfect day.
|The meeting's facilitator, Anna B., discusses with a student.|
--text by Anna B.
--photos by Melanie B. and Billie S.