Oak Savanna Interpretive Tour

Submitted by srich on Wed, Jul 18 - 7:09 PM

Once common in Minnesota, the oak savanna is now a rare ecosystem.

Photo: Peter L. Johnson 

Just off the main path along the Minneapolis riverfront lies a surprisingly beautiful and rare oak savanna. Join ecologist Carolyn Carr for an interpretive tour of this special place, and learn about its history, ecology and the role of volunteers, the community and FMR in its preservation and restoration.

Gorge Stewards volunteers have embraced and played a key role in the health of this community gem. This area harbors the highest quality plant communities remaining in the River Gorge, including a mesic prairie and a remnant oak brushland/woodland undergoing restoration to oak savanna. At River Gorge Stewards events, volunteers remove invasive species, pick up litter, collect seeds, plant native species, and more. Thanks to their countless hours, not to mention the collaboration of many partner organizations, the area that was once a buckthorn thicket now has renewed life.

Carolyn has worked with the River Gorge volunteers at the oak savanna and nearby areas for years, and has a great deal of experience conducting educational and outreach programs to protect open space and restore natural areas, particularly in urban areas.

Read more about the history of this oak savanna at this oak savanna workday listing

If you'd like to help restore habitat at the oak savanna, consider signing up for this October 13th volunteer restoration event.

Ready to register for the tour?

This tour is free but preregistration is required. If you're certain you would like to and are able to attend, online registration is immediately available :
Eventbrite - Oak Savanna Interpretive Tour

If you have difficulty with the registration system, please contact Katie Clower at 651.222.2193 x23.


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