May 11 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Celebrate Natural Areas Celebration Week with Greenbelt Land Trust as we explore Kingston Prairie Preserve, a beautiful 155-acre property protecting some of the best remaining native prairies in the Willamette Valley.
May is the time to see wildflowers in bloom, and Kingston Prairie is the place to see them! This property, located near Stayton and the North Santiam River was protected by Greenbelt Land Trust in 2018, provides an excellent example of native plant diversity and grassland bird habitat. Rare plants such as the federally endangered Bradshaw’s lomatium and Willamette daisy are found on the property. Western meadowlarks, while rare in the Willamette Valley, are thriving at Kingston Prairie and will serenade you with their melodic song.
Greenbelt Restoration Manager and resident plant expert, Matt Blakeley-Smith, will help identify native wildflowers while sharing information about Greenbelt’s efforts to restore native habitats and species on the property. We will also hear from staff from The Nature Conservancy, who were the prior owners of this remarkable property. This walk is a rare opportunity to walk a conservation area that most folks don’t get to see!
We’ll caravan from Greenbelt Land Trust and hour to the site and back.