Enjoy an autumn day outdoors in the field learning about our native landscapes and help make a difference too! Appalachia Ohio Alliance is joining with Columbus Wild Ones and the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) to team up with Columbus Metro Parks for a prairie walk and seed collection event. Rick Gardner, Chief Botanist for DNAP and John Watts, Resource Manager for Metro Parks, will lead the walk and seed collection activities including identification of plant species and appropriate seed collection techniques.
We will learn about our native grassland habitats while collecting seeds from various grass and prairie forb species growing at Battelle Darby Metro Park. Collected seed will be used to support native plant restoration and reintroduction efforts at several AOA and Columbus Metro Parks properties. Seed from prairie plants at Battelle Darby are particularly desirable for local restoration activities due to their Darby Plains heritage – the result of long-term seed collection and plant conservation efforts undertaken by dedicated Metro Park staff and volunteers.
Directions to Event
Battelle Darby Metro Park is located along Big Darby Creek off of Darby Creek Drive just west of Columbus. Meet in the Cedar Ridge Picnic parking lot located at 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH 43119.
Meet at 11:00 a.m. We will walk and collect for 3 to 4 hours but feel free to participate for all or part of the time.
What to Bring:
We will plan to collect rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and walking through mature grasslands. Long pants and sleeves are recommended. Bring work gloves, water and a sack lunch or snacks. Bug spray is optional.
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information feel free to contact Rick Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-265-6419.