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Public program offers chance to collect and sow native prairie grass seeds

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Members of the public will learn how to identify native prairie grasses, collect seed and then sow those seeds this Saturday, Oct. 18, as part of a prairie management program at the University of Iowa Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

The 2 p.m. program is free and open to the public. It will be at the reconstructed prairie located adjacent to the Sailing Club parking area at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, located on County Road F-28 between North Liberty and Solon.

In addition to learning how to identify grasses and collect seed, participants will also be able to observe a prairie burn -- weather permitting -- and then scatter the seeds they have collected on the burned area. Participants are asked to bring a paper bag for collecting seeds and a rake for raking the seeds into the burned area.

The event is sponsored by the UI Division of Recreational Services, Kirkwood Community College Parks and Natural Resources Program, Ion Exchange of Harper's Ferry, and Randy Poole of North Liberty.