If you love the smell of dew, the sound of bees, the warmth of sunshine, the joy of discovery then “prairie passion” is a great intersession choice. Be prepared to “weed and seed,” which means students will be outdoors working to invigorate prairies owned by the DNR. Invasive species like buckthorn and honeysuckle will be cut and piled for wintertime burning, and we will revitalize our own prairie with new seeds and extra attention. We also will study prairies and oak savannahs to better understand our Badgerland eco-legacy.
Requirements: Intellectual curiosity, a solid work-ethic, and a hearty drive to donate time for prairies that will thrive long after we’ve perished. You will be asked to work several hours at different sites near ULS, including properties near Whitewater, Eagle, the Kettle Moraine and ULS.
Note: Students will be using glyphosphate, which is a broad-spectrum herbicide that effectively stops buckthorn, hawthorn, and honeysuckle from re-sprouting. We will follow the DNR protocol using this herbicide. For safety, the students will never be in contact with the herbicide, but will use PVC "kill sticks" with a small sponge at the end to dab cut stumps. Students will wear plastic gloves, according to the DNR safety guide, and may choose to wear boots as a special precaution, though they are not mandatory.