To establish and maintain a diverse ecosystem that will sustain a habitat for native plants and wildlife, for the enjoyment and education of the community.
Volunteers Make a Difference
Southwood Nature Preserve accomplished many improvements in 2018 with the help of countless volunteers.
Fourth grade students from St. Peter’s School along with teachers and volunteers planted native prairie plants that were started in their classroom. ESL students from Harmony Learning Center also grew plants in the classroom and planted them in the upper Mesic Prairie at Southwood.
The Mesic Prairie was overgrown with thistle, stinging nettle and burdock, so volunteers cleared the trail getting ready for the Prairie Days event.
Volunteers from St. Mark’s Church weeded the Upper Mesic Prairie and 20 GAP Youthbuild students pulled garlic mustard that had spread throughout the entire preserve.
The Conservation Corps removed buckthorn and treated smalls trees. North High Air Force JROTC and instructors, North Haven Church volunteers, Southwood Task Force members, and Master Naturalists together removed abandoned junk, tree cages, posts, and other debris from the Mesic Prairie.
Native flower and grass seeds were hand spread by volunteers over newly fallen snow for germination, and will also help with even distribution.