Catch the monarch butterfly migration this fall

By Ginny Varraveto, contributed by Johnson County Extension 

Did you know that each fall the Kansas City area has the chance to witness one of North America’s most incredible natural phenomena?

From August through November, millions of monarch butterflies migrate through the region on the way to Mexico. It is the final leg of a multigenerational relay of […]

Refresh your garden at upcoming native plant sales

Start your fall gardening with perennial native plants that attract pollinators and can tolerate drought.

Check out local native plant sales happening this month, and find a variety of wildflowers, sedges, grasses, trees and shrubs.

Buying local from native plant nurseries can make a big difference in ensuring you are getting truly native species that support wildlife and […]

September 6th, 2023|Gardening, Lawn & Garden, Native plants, Pollinators, Prairie|0 Comments

Reserve native trees & shrubs now for spring

Start planning now for spring planting by ordering native tree seedlings for as little as 34 cents each from Missouri Department of Conservation’s popular annual sale. The sale starts September 1st and many plants sell out quickly. Here’s how you can tap this resource.

The MDC George O. White State Nursery grows three-million tree seedlings each year and […]

August 30th, 2023|Conservation, Native plants, Prairie|0 Comments

Hike the wild lands of Kansas City and beyond

Just past the hot concrete sidewalks, dripping popsicles, and baseball games that summer brings, a blooming land full of life, color, and expansive skies awaits. Find a path into a prairie of wildflowers and tall grasses just around the corner or down your favorite scenic byway.

Kansas City is surrounded by thousands of acres of prairie. […]

June 28th, 2023|Hiking, Prairie|2 Comments

Celebrate National Pollinator Week at the Prairie

By Ginny Varraveto, contributed by Johnson County Extension  

Did you know that both Kansas and Missouri have officially proclaimed June 19 – 25, 2023, “Pollinator Week?” This nationally recognized celebration, founded and managed by the Pollinator Partnership, aims to raise awareness about pollinators, their health and their ecosystems.

Each year individual states are encouraged to issue proclamations […]