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  1. Prairie Life

    A prairie is a unique ecological system that supports diverse plants and animals that depend upon each other for survival. Take a nature walk around your school to predict what plants' root systems look like underground and compare them with the prairie plant specimens in this box. Examine prairie mammals and birds up close to connect their physical characteristics with the prairie ecosystem. A few items in some of these boxes are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as a public or charter school), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you or your institution qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  2. Spiderwort

    Growing knee high, spiderworts are distinctive late spring and early summer prairie wildflowers. Their blue purple flowers standout amongst the green of the spring-green vegetation. Learn More
  3. Tall Buttercup

    Look, but don't touch, the leaves and stems of this profuse flower. The tall buttercup has maintained its abundance through a special defense system that produces an acrid juice strong enough to burn through the skin of an animal. Learn More
  4. Wild Strawberry

    Taste the sweetness of the little Wild Strawberry, whose flavor is thought to be superior to its cultivated relatives. Grown in much of the United States, this plant can become a serious pest when it invades cultivated ground. Learn More
  5. Spiderwort (Train in Background)

    Growing knee high, spiderworts are distinctive late spring and early summer prairie wildflowers. Their blue purple flowers standout amongst the green of the spring-green vegetation. Learn More
  6. Ox-Eye Daisy

    Witness the cool colorings of this native European flower. Also called the day's eye, the white daisy now grows in serene farmland around the United States. Learn More
  7. White Lady's Slipper

    Witness the unusual beauty of this wild orchid, found only at the edge of a sphagnum bog or in low meadows. Though the blooming period is short, only a few weeks in May and June, the White Lady's Slipper is found throughout the Midwestern and Atlantic states. Learn More

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