|Volunteers needed for KC WildLands’ Ecological Restoration Workday on May 12|
If you're looking for a chance to help with hands-on restoration and conservation work on part of the metro area's ever-dwindling wild acres, a mid-May Kansas City WildLands workday at the remnant prairie in Ernie Miller Park or the Ogg Road prairie in Shawnee Mission Park could be the opportunity you're looking for.
The workday will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12. Volunteers, which can include both individuals and groups, will assist with prairie restoration efforts by removing invasive plants and by planting native flowers grown from locally-collected seed.
"Invasive plant management really takes a lot of volunteer effort," JCPRD Biologist Matt Garrett said. "The parks staff alone can't control it."
Participants should bring a refillable water bottle and wear long pants and sturdy shoes. KC WildLands will supply work gloves and drinking water. Some tools will also be provided on-site, but participants are encouraged to bring their own loppers, small saws, and hand shovels.
Ernie Miller Park is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway in Olathe. The main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee.
There will be two other KC WildLands workday projects taking place simultaneously on May 12 at locations in Kansas City, Mo. – the Jerry Smith Park prairie in South Kansas City and Rocky Point Glades in Kansas City's Swope Park.
To register for a workday site or for additional information, call KC WildLands Coordinator Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1061 x116 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An affiliate of Bridging the Gap, KC WildLands is a coalition of resource professionals, private conservation organizations and conservation-minded citizens established in 2001 to restore and manage the remnants of Kansas City’s original landscape. Other charter members of the group include park and recreation agencies throughout the area, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.