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Native Grasses on KU’s Campus Create Unique Ecosystem for Community

Did you know that KU has its very own acre of native grasses on campus? The prairie behind Blake and Twente Halls has an acre of grasses and plants native to Kansas, creating a unique ecosystem for the community. The environmental studies capstone class helps to restore and preserve the last patch of native tallgrass prairie on KU’s campus. The student coordinator for the project says its rare to have land like this at a research institution like KU.

“Currently, University students use the prairie as an outdoor laboratory, which is extremely unique because a lot of campuses can’t say they have a native remnant tallgrass prairie on campus that they can go to, and it’s just a good way to bring community members together,” says the Prairie Project Student Coordinator Avery Koerner.

A grant through the Douglas County Community Foundation funds the project. The prairie is open to the public 24/7.

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