Tuesday Summer Prairie Walk Series – PT3: Valley View Park description UPDATED

Date/Time
Tue, Aug 14 , 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Valley View Park
5575 Osgood Avenue North,
Oak Park Heights, MN 55082

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A quality hillside prairie with high diversity.

This is the third of four of SPAS’ summer Tuesday evening prairie walks to observe, comment on, and enjoy native prairie plant diversity. Each walk will have a secondary focus for discussion – the topic for this walk will be the effects topography has in support of prairie plant diversity. I hope you will come to enjoy some delightful, blooming, summer prairie plants and some winged creatures that may visit them in this prairie gem!

Why Prairies?

Briefly: Birds need insects. Insects need food. Plants provide foods for birds and insects. People, as well as needing food, thrive on the calm and beauty of natural places.

Why This Prairie?

When seeking great places for birding or botanizing, Washington County has many such areas.  Oakdale has retained and restored this Park. This is a new location for an SPAS walk. Our co-leader is Kathy Widin, former Oak Park Heights Arborist and leader for the St. Croix Oak Savanna Wild Ones.

Description 

The higher quality portion of Valley View Park’s prairie overlooks the valley portion. Your moderate walk starts downhill on blacktop surface through woodlands, then on turf, and finally up and down through woods on a compressed dirt trail to the prairie.

Directions 

Going south from Hwy 36 on Osgood Avenue, continue beyond Upper 55th St. to the large sign on the left for Valley View Park. Bring your 10 power magnifier or borrow one from Chase. Consider a camera, bug repellent, hat, and walking stick. Wear closed-toe shoes with socks above the ankle. No registration required. All prairie trips led by Chase Davies, 651-633-1663 or ccdavies@aol.com.

All four prairie Tuesday walks will highlight some bird and native plant interactions.