Tend the rare prairie at Sand Coulee SNA [CANCELED!]

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Sand Coulee SNA, just southeast of Hastings (participants will receive directions prior to event)
Three volunteers tending the Sand Coulee SNA

We apologize for any inconvenience, however, due to the high heat and humidity predicted for this evening paired with the lack of shade and intensified prairie heat at this site we've made a tough decision to cancel tonight's event at the Sand Coulee.

With its tall grass and wildflowers, the Sand Coulee offers a different kind of beauty. With less than 1 percent of Minnesota native prairie remaining, this highly protected preserve is no less than an oasis in a desert of wildlife habitat –— 14 rare plant and animal species call the Coulee home. And with its deep prairie root systems, the Coulee also help filter pollutants from runoff water before it can enter the nearby Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers. 

On this summer evening, volunteers will work with FMR Restoration Ecologist Karen Schik to identify and help halt the spread of cow vetch and spotted knapweed, encroaching plants deemed by the Department of Natural Resources as a threat to the health of this important area. Together, volunteers and staff will remove a patch of the weedy invasive, helping to protect the prairie's threatened native plant species and improving wildlife habitat over the course of just a couple hours.

This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, which engages citizens in the care of the Vermillion River and its watershed and the special places within it. 

Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to work on uneven terrain. All are welcome, but capacity is limited and registration is required. As always, all tools and training will be provided and volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level.

Ready to register?

Due to the high heat and humidity predicted for this evening paired with the lack of shade and intensified prairie heat at this site we've made a tough decision to cancel tonight's event at the Sand Coulee.

 

Can't make it?

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Partners: 
Thank you to our partners and funders: Hastings United Way, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Natural Resources and Environmental Trust Fund.