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Iowa’s prairie heritage to be on display in Ringgold County

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:09 a.m. CDT

MOUNT AYR — Americans and millions of people around the world will sit down to a meal sometime today courtesy of the prairies that once covered much of Iowa. Ringgold County Conservation invites  visitors to experience the story of Iowa’s prairie heritage through the exhibit “Tallgrass Prairie – Past, Present and Future” on display at Ringgold County Courthouse from March 31 to May 19. 

The “Tallgrass Prairie” exhibit was produced by Iowa Association of Naturalists with funds from the Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP – CEP), Living Roadway Trust Fund, Pheasants Forever, Iowa Trust for Local Conservation, Tallgrass Prairie Center – UNI and Truax Company.

Hands-on displays and interactive components will engage visitors in learning about the prairie landscape and native plant species. Area residents are also invited to become personally involved in the preservation, restoration and education of the prairie ecosystem through several events including: 

6 a.m. April 5 – 11th annual Prairie Chicken Day at Kellerton Grasslands Area

9:30 to 11 a.m. April 5 – Live Animal Exhibit at Ringgold County Courthouse

5 p.m. May 25 – Prairie Chicken Fun Run at Fogle Lake

REAP: Invest in Iowa, our outdoors, our heritage, our people. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resource projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more. The Iowa Association of Naturalists promotes education about the natural and cultural environments. 

For more information about the Tallgrass Prairie exhibit, contact Ringgold County Conservation at 641-464-2787.

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