A SMALL TEACHING PRAIRIE PLOT
NORTH OF SCIENCE BUILDING
on SIUE Campus, Edwardsville, IL
by Elaine AbuSharbain
This small priaire is to
show students and the public what Illinois was once like.
Illinois was once covered with tallgrass prairie, an ecosystem which
began 8000 years ago after the glaciers retreated. By 1850, most
it was gone after the invention of the steel plow to break the sod.
Today, few remants and restorations remain, less than .01%. The tallgrass prairie was composed of tall grasses like Big Bluestem, Indian grass, switch grass, prairie cord grass and a large assortment of flowering plants. Flowering plants of the prairie are plants such as Prairie Blazing Star, Purple Prairie Clover, Rattlesnake Master, Bonset, Purple Coneflower, Butterfly Milkweed, Wild Indigo, Goldenrods, Prairie Dock, St. John's Wort, Rosin Weed, Compass Plant, Purple and Gray-headed conflowers, Prairie Coreopsis - the list goes on. Plant List
This Prairiescape was planned, planted and maintained over the years
sinces 1996 by the biology education students at SIUE. In the
spring of 2007, biology education students developed a plan for
interpretive signs and were
able to obtain funds from the the SIUE Meridian Society. Signs
were designed, bid out and are now installed in the
priaire to educate passersby. The objectives of the signs are to
promote awareness and
appreciation of a forgone habitat and to encourage homeowners to go
native with their landscaping..
If you might be
in helping to pull out invasive weeds or to help with burning this or
local prairies give me at call at 618-650-2453
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org