Fourth Graders Learn About Prairie Life
Jordan Creek fourth graders recently enjoyed a day at Red Feather Prairie by Saylorville Lake. The naturalists from Polk County Conservation led the group in a variety of activities to teach students about the plants and animals found on the prairie, and how the Native Americans and early pioneers experienced prairie life. They saw first-hand some of the most common prairie grasses in Iowa, Big Blue Stem and Indian Grass. They enjoyed going on an insect hunt and playing the Thicket Game. Fourth graders also learned about animals that live on the prairie, including animals that no longer live in Iowa, such as the bison and wolf. They learned how the Native Americans used every part of the bison, even the buffalo “chips.” One of the favorite activities was working with a small group to build a tipi, and then sitting inside an actual tipi. Even though Red Feather Prairie is small, 173 acres, it gave us a good idea of how Iowa once looked when our state was once part of the Tall Grass Prairie.