Saint John's Prairie

History: In 1991, the prairie was planted with forty-eight hundred individual plants and seeds of ninety species of prairie grasses and flowers on the fifty acre restoration. This was an important project to undertake since less than one percent of Minnesota’s original prairie remains today.

Management: Every year part of our restored prairie is burned, much as it happens in nature. Fires are nature’s way to renew the prairie for another growing season.  We also weed aggressive non-native plants like dock, wormwood sage, sweet clover and thistle.

Interesting tidbits:  After a fire, flowers bloom from April to October, and tall prairie grasses can grow over six feet tall by August. The prairie is a beautiful and dramatic habitat that continually changes through the seasons.