Prairie Fork News and Updates: Third Quarter 2023

Summertime activities on the area are busy with student groups, competitions, instructional events,  land management projects, building maintenance and preparation for the winter. We also have visits from our insect neighbors.

Photo credit: Jeff Demand 2023

Educational Updates

The education staff hosted 27 groups/individuals from July through September.

Edward Jones Groups

In September Edward Jones Groups returned and all were able to plant a pollinator friendly species. We hope to see more of these plantings on site.

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

College Classes Start Back

As college classes started back so did the laboratory use at Prairie Fork. We saw students from the School of Natural Resources at MU, along with William Woods University.

Scouts returned to camping, hiking and doing service projects on site.

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

S3DA Archery Competition 

The mission of the Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) Program is to foster, educate and guide youth in the areas of indoor target, 3D and outdoor target archery as well as safe, ethical bowhunting practices. S3da.net

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

MDC (Missouri Department of Conservation) Activities

Youth Trapping Clinic

MDC Youth Deer Hunt

Children Learning Through Outdoor Experience (ChLOE)

Children Learning Through Outdoor Experiences (ChLOE) Collaborative had its Fall in person meeting at Prairie Fork and St. Louis. Participants explored the newly designated classrooms in Area 2 and discussed STEM educational opportunities.

Outdoor Classroom 4-2

Photo Credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Educational Intern Update

In July our Environmental Education interns wrapped up their projects. Lakelen Murphy had the following to say: “As an Education Intern, I had the opportunity to develop an engaging activity designed for children in grades K-6, focused on the identification of animal tracks. This experience enriched my curriculum development skills and enhanced my ability to deliver interpretive programs tailored to various age groups. Additionally, I maintained the trails and outdoor classrooms frequently utilized by visiting groups. This included tasks such as ensuring the proper painting of trail posts and managing invasive vegetation in their proximity. I also performed other maintenance duties to ensure that our visitors had a both enjoyable and educational experience during their time on the property.”

Area Management Updates

Management staff completed 90 acres of summer burning and 65 acres of autumn olive and bush honeysuckle control during the third quarter.

Other management activities included: 

Garden Inspection (Sue Bartelette, Jeff Demand, Amber Edwards, Nadia Tindall) Photo Credit: Jeff Demand 2023

Haying, Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Edward Jones Tour in the Rain

Photo Credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Photo Credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Photo Credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Fire – Managed Summer Burn

Photo Credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Photo Credit: Amber Edwards 2023

See You Again Soon! 

Remember to “Learn, Get Dirty and Have Fun!”