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Prairie Bloom Hike

Now is the time to explore the unique prairie ecosystem at the Jennings Environmental Education Center!

A guided 90-minute walk discussing the plants, animals, history and geology of the prairie will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2021.  Free; No registration required. **The walk will begin in the prairie parking area.  The prairie is hot and has little shade, please dress appropriately.

The small prairie at the Jennings Center is one of the few remaining pockets of a once greater extension of the true Midwestern prairie.  A combination of the glacial history of the area and climatic changes that took place over the last million years allowed the Midwestern prairie plant community to extend into Pennsylvania about 2000 BC.   

The Jennings area was established in the late 1950’s to protect and conserve a beautiful prairie flower, the blazing star.  It was the first reserve established in Pennsylvania to protect an individual plant species and remains the only public and protected prairie in the Commonwealth.  The hot midsummer weather will bring the spectacular blazing star and other prairie flowers to peak bloom during late July and early August.

The following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place:

  • We ask participants to stay home if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed or is experiencing symptoms. 

Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10:00am to 11:30am

Jennings Environmental Education Center
2951 Prospect Rd., Slippery Rock, PA 16057-5023


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