|KC WildLands sets May 12 Workday at Ernie Miller Park and Ogg Road Prairie|
Ernie Miller Park is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa., and the Ogg Road Prairie can be found on the north side of the lake near the intersection of 79th Street and Ogg Road, north of the Swimming Beach. Both parks are owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
Interested parties are invited to assist with prairie restoration efforts by removing invasive plants and by planting native flowers grown from locally-collected seed. This is a great opportunity to help with hands-on restoration and conservation work on the metro area's ever-dwindling wild acres. To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under Fun for All and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “community service”
Participants should dress for the weather - long pants and sturdy shoes are suggested. KC WildLands will supply work gloves and drinking water. Some tools will be provided on-site, but participants are encouraged to bring their own loppers, small saws, and hand shovels.
Similar workday projects will also take place simultaneously at two locations in Kansas City, Mo.: Jerry Smith Park prairie in South Kansas City and Rocky Point Glades in Kansas City's Swope Park. For additional information or to register for the May 12 workday, call KC WildLands Coordinator Linda Lehrbaum, at (816) 561-1061 x116 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District has conducted similar workdays at the two prairie sites in the past in conjunction with KC WildLands. 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.