Hundreds Attend Prairie Appreciation Day

By The Chronicle

518f39e091731.imageOn Saturday, hundreds of visitors dotted the rolling hills of the Glacial Heritage Preserve, land ordinarily closed to the public but open this weekend for Prairie Appreciation Day.

The event was sponsored by Friends of Puget Prairies and the Nature Conservancy.

Attendees on Saturday enjoyed free guided tours and tractor rides and the opportunity to wander the Preserve’s acres of blooming wildflowers.

Other activities included a native plant sale and displays on prairie birds and butterflies, geology, wildlife, invasive plants and prairie restoration efforts.

The annual event is produced through the efforts of 200 staff and volunteers from more than a dozen private and public agencies including the Thurston County Parks and Recreation Department, according to Thurston County.

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