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Prairie Improvement Day

2951 Prospect Rd., Slippery Rock, PA 16057-5023

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Shake off those mid-winter blues by pitching in at Jennings Environmental Education Center on Saturday, January 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for our annual Prairie Improvement Day. The Jennings staff is looking for individuals willing to spend a Saturday morning outdoors to help manage the unique prairie ecosystem. For lunch, generous local restaurants will provide plenty of warm, hearty soup. 

Participants must be age 12 or older and should dress for the weather, including gloves and warm, waterproof boots. Please register for this program no later than January 10th by clicking the register button or by contacting the Center at 724-794-6011.

Jennings Environmental Education Center has the only preserved prairie in Pennsylvania. A unique ecosystem, it is home to the massasauga rattlesnake and stunning wildflower, the blazing star. A variety of management techniques are used to preserve this distinctive prairie habitat. One such technique is to clip and remove the woody invaders that may eventually out-compete native flowers and grasses. This activity is best accomplished in winter when the soil is frozen and vegetation is reduced. With the help of volunteers, this undertaking can be completed much more quickly and effectively. The fruits of this winter labor will be on vivid display during the spectacular prairie bloom of the coming summer.

Saturday, January 15, 2022 9am to 1pm

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