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Hi Lonesome Chapter (Cole Camp)

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Prairie Plants on the Move - Mobile Prairie Wagon

Sponsors: Missouri Department of Conservation and Audubon Missouri

Contact: Korey Wolfe, kwolfe@audubon.org  660-668-3810

Description: Let your mind drift back to the days of covered wagons rolling across the prairie. Head tall silphiums, shoulder high grasses, knee high ragworts, toe high violets. Now imagine that instead of being viewed from the wagon, these illustrious plants are inside the wagon. Participants redesigned the mobile prairie exhibit. The mobile prairie was initially designed to bring the prairie to people during the Lek Trek and has been used for educational purposes and special events since. The mobile prairie is 6 ft x 9 ft and contained in a metal frame. It has a retractable canvas cover to provide shade and act as a barrier to the elements, such as wind, when traveling.

Participants worked as a team to re-establish the “prairie”, including adding appropriate soil, planting the prairie plants, and watering as needed for establishment. The plants will be provided, as well as information on each species. The team will then design the layout with these species to reconstruct a prairie in the wagon. Once planted the team maintained it throughout the growing season.

The prairie wagon is generally parked at the Lost Valley Fish Hatchery in Warsaw and is utilized for multiple events throughout the year, including the Cole Camp Oktoberfest/Prairie Day event.

Time Frame: The prairie wagon was reconstructed from late May to the first part of June. The Prairie Wagon committee assists with transporting through October, when it is needed at an event or educational activity.

Resources Provided: The wagon, metal frame box, trailer, plants, soil, description of each plant, hose, plant labels, and canvas top were provided from materials that remain from the original Lek Trek, as well as purchased through Wildlife Diversity Funds.