Really get to know Forest Park’s special prairie (Fridays through July 25)

June 26, 2008

This summer, prompted by S.’s near-constant mantra “I love duckies, I love water, I love park,” we’ve been spending a lot of time on the rebuilt River Des Peres through Forest Park. The little nature-lover knows his parks and is not fooled when I try to take him to any section other than his favorite, the area around Deer Lake. Still, we have been recently starting out there and ranging further up- and down-stream, and perhaps soon he’ll allow us to meander over to the Steinberg Prairie (just north and west of the wetlands that used to be the Steinberg Rink parking lot) for one of the special summertime naturalist-led tours on the prairie’s unique ecosystem.

The park offers many free walking tours (see a listing here), but I particularly like that these change with the season: Springtime was for the Kennedy Forest, summer is for the prairie. Hopefully they’ll continue this theme throughout the year! I’ve seen on local birding sites that this prairie is popular for that hobby, and the naturalists promise to point out animals and plants that are not common in urban parks. This is the third week for the tours, which run through July 25 (skipping July 4). Meeting point is the Steinberg Rink parking lot at 10 a.m.

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