Part of living in a beautiful area like the coulee
region is experiencing and appreciating its natural
Areas like the grasslands in New Amsterdam are busy
this time of year with students learning about the
importance of protecting these acres that were created
during the last ice age.
Here's more in tonight's Our Outdoors.
NATS OF WIND/FLOWERS BLOWING
This usually very quiet and peaceful grassland just
outside of Holmen was transformed into an outdoor
Sydney, Look at all these seeds!
These 7th graders from Lincoln Middle School got to
see first hand what it means to collect seeds to preserve
this 360 acres of native grasses and birds.
STEPH: This is a goldenrod and some of them have gone
to seed already and some of them have not.
This grassland is considered a unique river terrace
that was created during the last ice age.
And even though these kids are only about 12-years-old.
they still seem to appreciate what's there.
ELLA: Woah that's really cool!
And as the students hiked through several acres NATS
OF WALKING it gave them a chance to explore, exercise
and ask lots of questions.
Why exactly do you burn a prairie? because then what
happens is that it helps the, if there are any invasive
species in the prairie that shouldnt be here their
not adapted to fire so they will hopefully be killed
And you couldn't help but notice that out on the prairie
you could hear lots of laughter NATS OF LAUGHING.
but no traffic noise or cellphones ringing, something
that didn't go unnoticed by these 7th graders.
I think its definitely cool that they make sure this
area is undeveloped.
I mean downtown la crosse has been under construction
year after year after year and its so important to
keep these spaces alive so that more people in future
generations can keep coming here.
These students were having so much fun taking their
studies outside they didn't seem to realize the important
work they were doing.
And then what they do they'll scatter the seed maybe
not necessarily on this prairie but on another very
similiar prairie close to this area.
I didn't realize collecting these seeds was so important
to the survival of this prairie.
The Mississippi Valley Conservancy and WisCorps work
together to teach kids outdoors and the La Crosse
Community Foundation provided the funding for this
Acorns to Oaks program.
This 310 acres was donated 10 years ago .
with 35 acres are open to the public year round.