Conservation

Plant NATIVE

Pocket Prairie Kit

Plant NATIVE! with a ‘Pocket Prairie’

What: Pocket Prairie (N): A compact planting of grasses and wildflowers edged to please community lawn standards and attract wildlife.

Why: The native prairies of Ohio are biodiverse ecosystems that provide ample sources of food and habitat for many different species. From butterflies to mink and everything in-between, these wildflower rich grasslands are crucial to migratory and resident species of all kinds. By adding small pocket-sized versions to your classic green lawn, you will help expand the presence of this important ecosystem.

Prairies are quite self-sufficient. Once established, they require very little annual care and are an excellent way to create beautiful native lawns on a financial and physical budget. That means you're simultaneously creating a more productive yard and cutting down on your summer maintenance all at once!

Pocket Prairies are also a fantastic introduction to gardening and using native plants. They allow even the most beginner of gardener to create the first step towards a more visually pleasing homescape. We highly recommend surrounding your prairie with more interesting native plant arrangements, bird baths, insect houses, and more!

Click here to order your Pocket Prairie kit!

Learn to Plant a “Pocket Prairie” 

NEW CLASS DATE COMING SOON!

If you have space and full sun, you can learn to create your own native wildflower-filled, pollinator friendly, pocket-sized prairie in your own yard. We’ll walk you through the steps by visiting our recently planted pocket prairies. 

This class is designed for people with a plot to plant that’s at least 36 square feet, sunny, and well-drained but can be translated into much larger spaces. Pocket prairies are wilder in appearance (vs. a tended flowerbed) but can be contained appropriately for community minded yards. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

In this class we will cover:  

  • What it means to have intentionally wild native plants and why it's important
  • Discussion of native seed banks and pesky invasive plants
  • How to use a pocket prairie to reduce lawn maintenance while turning your yard into a beautiful haven for wildlife
  • How to prepare your space for an upcoming planting
  • Planting a plot using seed and plug
  • Pocket prairie maintenance and tips for success 
  • How to stay on good terms with your neighbors and have native plants
  • Our plans to offer pre-ordered Pocket Prairie Kits for the fall.
    Click here to order your Pocket Prairie kit.

What to expect: This class will take place entirely outside. The total distance covered will be approx. .75 mile. Come prepared for hands on planting. 

This class meets at the Groesbeck Drive parking slots (in view of Abner Hollow cabin) 

About the instructor

Carolyn Ramseur is our Conservation Apprentice here at the Nature Center. She has a B.S. in Ecology and Biodiversity and is focused on bringing ecosystems back into our urban communities. With a years' experience as an Assistant Land Steward, she's been collecting knowledge on invasive species management, prairie restoration, and native natural areas. Combined with a wide-ranging background from stream biodiversity studies to teaching and singing classical music, her goal is to combine culturally relevant outreach with natural sciences to help every person find new skills and ways to improve the health of our local ecosystems.