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New Plants of the Prairie program for 50 Plus Sept. 29 at Kill Creek Park
POSTED: 09/06/2017
 
Gain appreciation for the plants that inhabit the beautiful prairie at Kill Creek Park during a late September special event being planned by 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

During this program, called Plants of the Prairie, JCPRD Staff Member Ginger Werp will explain and identify prairie favorites. Participants will enjoy post-exploration gourmet s’mores!

Kill Creek Park in an 880-acre park which provides a snapshot of Kansas' natural past through a 23-acre prairie remnant located on a tree-surrounded hilltop. Biologists believe this scenic upland tallgrass prairie has never been plowed. The prairie includes both wet and dry sites, and there are remnants of two past buffalo wallows on the property. The Kill Creek prairie boasts great natural diversity with more than 200 plant species identified through research by the Kansas Biological Survey and the University of Kansas. Among plants found at the site are several rare and one federally-protected species, Mead's Milkweed. A prairie observation deck is located near the center of the prairie. In addition, native prairie grasses have also been seeded in several hundred additional acres of Kill Creek Park.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “nature.”

Plants of the Prairie will take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost for this two and one-half-hour event is $20 per person for Johnson County residents or $22 per person for nonresidents. The registration deadline for this program is Sept. 22. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

Kill Creek Park's entrance is located near 116th and Homestead Lane. To get to the park, get off of Kansas Highway 10 at the Kill Creek exit and proceed south to 115th Street. Turn right and go to Homestead Lane. Take a left onto Homestead and the park entrance is on the right near the crest of the first hill.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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