Signature Plants of the Eastern Prairies

The Appalachian Forest School, Advanced Inter-disciplinary field studies for the serious nature student.

Prairies once ruled the central heartland of North America, but prairie islands have long been scattered across the Eastern United States in an uneasy alliance with the forests, enlarging and shrinking in times of drought and high rainfall. Learn the difference between short grass and tall grass prairies, both in species composition and the creative forces that build and maintain them. The Eastern Prairie Islands are botanically rich ecosystems with diverse specie assemblages unique to the East.  For more information, click on the link above.