Prairie Guide

Things To Look For In The Prairie:

Grasses Perrenials
Big Bluestem Black-eyed Susan
Buffalo Grass Butterfly Weed
Indian Grass False Dragonhead
Little Bluestem Missouri Goldenrod
Prairie Switch Grass Mountain Mint
Prairie Dropseed New England Aster
Prairie Blazing Star
Prairie Dock
Rattlesnake Master
White Wild Indigo
Insects, Amphibians, & Mammals Birds
Dragonflies (female) American Kestrel
Butterflies Mourning Dove
American Toad Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit American Robin
Red Fox House Finch
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow


Wildlife Scavenger Hunt

Search for pictures of and more information on at least 2 items from 2 different categories above. Print the pictures. Visit the Green Center Prairie and try to locate the items you selected.


Prairies are dynamic ecosystems. The plants you see will change throughout the year. The animals and birds you see will change throughout the day and throughout the year. When searching, pay special attention to the growing cycle of grasses and perennials, the times animals are active, and the migratory habits of birds.

If you locate any of the items on your list, then please do not disturb them or remove them from the Prairie. Observe them in their natural habitat and leave them for others to enjoy!

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Kathleen Evans