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Restored Prairie & Wildflower Walk

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Restored Prairie & Wildflower Walk

Shawnee Mission Park / Gary L Haller Trail

Thursday, June 6th, 6 – 7 pm

Free Event    Ages 12+

Let’s get social! Optional visit to a nearby brewery afterward!

Penstemon Digitalis (foxglove beardtongue)
Penstemon Digitalis (foxglove beardtongue)

Join The Resilient Activist to see what the Johnson County Parks Department has been up to in restoring sections of the prairie areas along the Gary L Haller Trail. There should be a nice bloom of Penstemon digitalis (foxglove beardtongue), Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower), and Monarda fistulosa (bee balm or wild bergamot) this time of year.

Park on 79th Street near the dam or in the Marina parking lot. Meet at the trailhead at the dam. Shawnee Mission Park Marina – Google Maps

After the walk, participants are invited to gather together for an optional visit to Pathlight Brewing or Friction Beer Co.

Walk Leader: Ginger Werp

Photo of Ginger Werp

Ginger Werp is the Project Coordinator for Kansas City WildLands. Her main role is to manage the native seed collection project. Ginger leads a team of core volunteers and hundreds of seed team members to survey, collect, process, and disperse seeds from over 200 species of prairie, woodland, forest, and glade plants.

She learned native plant ID while assisting in field research on deer herbivory in the tallgrass prairie at the University of Kansas. Ginger advocates for native plants at every opportunity she gets and enjoys exploring the native landscapes of Kansas City including the one planted in her front yard.

Monarda fistulosa (bee balm)
Monarda fistulosa (bee balm)
Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)
Echinacea pallida (pale purple coneflower)

Image credits:

Penstemon: PaulineLeverett from Pixabay

Echinacea Pallida & Monarda fistulosa: Missouri Botanical Garden 

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