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Free State Prairie Celebration • Douglas County

Sunday, Aug 20th, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Free State High School • 4700 Overland Dr. • Lawrence, KS • Map

Join us in celebrating four successful years of restoration work at the Free State Prairie!

Established in 2014, the Free State Prairie is an exciting, ongoing collaboration between KU, Free State High School, and community members. The Prairie is used by students and faculty from both schools for ecological research, classroom activities, and educating the public about prairies. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the ever-changing flora and fauna at the site during daylight hours!

The evening will include:

* A brief presentation by project leaders Helen Alexander, KU Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor, and Julie Schwarting, FSHS Biology and Environmental Science Instructor, describing the project's history and current activities.

* Acknowledgement of the significant contributions made by Elizabeth Schultz (and the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund) and Ben Postlethwait (and the Westar Green Team).

* Guided tours of the prairie by Frank Norman, Norman Ecological Consulting and GHF Snyder Prairie Preserve Manager, and Craig Freeman, Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey.

* Displays by students and community partners.

The celebration is sponsored by KU, FSHS, and GHF. An RSVP is encouraged to Kim Bellemere at Please email or call Kim at 785-840-8104 with questions.

To get to the prairie, park on the west side of Free State High School. Walk through the gates to the athletic fields and follow the sidewalk around the back of the football stadium. When the sidewalk ends, head west across the grass and the prairie sites will be obvious after a short walk.

Contact: Kim Bellemere 785-840-8104

Sponsor: Grassland Heritage Foundation

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