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Prairie Improvement Day

Escape from the house and shake off those mid-winter blues by pitching in at Jennings Environmental Education Center on Saturday, January 16th.  Volunteers will work at a safe, social distance for approximately two hours to help ensure next summer's prairie bloom is as spectacular as ever.  Your efforts will be rewarded with a hearty soup and bread to take home that have been purchased to show support for local businesses.  

Timeslots are available at 9, 10, and 11am.  Registration is required and can be done by clicking "register" or by calling the center at 724-794-6011 no later than January 8.   Groups/families should register as one group at their chosen time slot by selecting the group/family option.  Individuals registering only themselves and wishing to work alone should select the "individual" option.  (If you want to work with a freind, register as a group). When registering, please specify the type of soup you would like under the "additional information we should know" section.   Soup options are:

*****Stay tuned for soup details and open registration******

Participants must be age 12 or older and should dress for the weather, including gloves and warm, waterproof boots.  

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.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

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

Masks: required for Jennings staff at all times; all participants must wear masks indoors and when participating in activities with Jennings staff. Masks are not required while exploring on your own.

Social Distancing: required between Jennings staff and participants.  All materials will be thoroughly sanitized.

All should practice thorough and frequent hand washing and sanitizing.  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. Waiver required for all participants. 

All participants should meet the requirements of the current Order of the Secretary of the PA Department of Health: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/20201117-SOH-Travel-Mitigation-Order.pdf)

All programs are subject to change due to Covid-19 guidelines.  

Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 9:00am to 11:00am

10:00am to 12:00pm

11:00am to 1:00pm

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


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