Prairie Day from Ice Age onward will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs.

Prairie Day from Ice Age onward will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs.


In the big picture, what became the Kansas City region was once a prairie ecosystem interspersed with scattered woodlands, rivers and wetlands. Today it’s the heartland of the world’s richest agriculture region.


The grassland story from the Ice Age to today will be told with demonstrations, games, live animals, re-enactments and walks through restored native grasslands.


Prairie Day will showcase the natural forces that created the tallgrass prairie and woodland ecosystem, and how this natural resource has changed as it helped sustain people through the centuries. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s restored grassland and savannah areas at Burr Oak demonstrate the beauty and importance of prairies today.


The event is free and families with children of all ages are welcome. Hands-on activities will include tagging monarch butterflies, banding prairie birds, flint knapping and making your own pioneer rag doll. There will also be a hayride, weather permitting, and the Missouri Wildflower Nursery will sell native plants for lawn and garden landscaping.


For more information, call 816-228-3766.