Prairie Oaks Institute

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Miles for Monarchs at Prairie Oaks October 6th!

Prairie Oaks is excited to partner with the Monarch Joint Venture to host a Miles for Monarchs family fun walk event. We hope that you’ll join us for a fun Sunday afternoon (October 6th) from 2-4. Following the amazing migration journey monarchs make from Minnesota to Mexico, you’ll learn all about monarchs and get to visit the great building and nature spaces at Prairie Oaks. There will also be other fun educational stations and time for exploring the Prairie Oaks property!

Registration FREE, but we request a donation of $15/individual, or $35 per family to help support our prairie restoration project at POI. Find us on Facebook and RSVP to our event if you are planning to come!

You can donate here:

donate.monarchjointventure.org/PrairieOaks

The funds raised for this event will be put towards monarch butterfly conservation at Prairie Oaks and on a national scale. With a new sewer project causing the front lawn and pasture to become a construction zone, we are planning to restore this space back to a native prairie habitat that is beneficial to butterflies and other pollinators, and it will have a path that better connects our property! Join our Miles for Monarchs event Oct. 6th to help support the project, or if you can’t make it, please consider a donation!

Please contact Wendy or Dana with questions: wcaldwell@monarchjointventure.org, danajohnmelius@gmail.com


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Give Thanks for Local Foods and Farmers November 15th

Join us for our November Community Potluck on Tuesday, November 15th at Harvest House, 1200 W South Street, Belle Plaine when we Give Thanks for Local Foods and Farmers!

We’ll honor and recognize local farmers for their contributions to our local food economy and sustainable agriculture.

We provide the Black Bean, Squash & Kale soup and delightful bread from wheat grown on the adjacent Devine farm by Farmer Ben Penner. Beverages also provided.

You bring your friends, great conversation, and a dish to share, if you like. Bonus points if that dish is sourced from your own garden or local food producer!

Gather at 6pm, eat at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook.


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Children’s Day Camp at Prairie Oaks on July 22!

It’s not too late to sign up for Time on the Land a children’s camp sponsored by the Minnesota Farmers Union and Prairie Oaks Institute on Friday, July 22nd.

Learn about bees and bird song, then get the kinks out with some outdoor yoga! After a light lunch we’ll head out on the hay wagon to the Granary where those fun MFU camp counselors will lead the group in cooperative leadership games and crafts.

Time on the Land will be held Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine at the Farmhouse, 1100 W. South Street.

The day camp is for children ages 5 through 12. The camp is $5/child, 2 or more children from the same family, $10. Please pre-register by July 19th. Campers can register at Eventbrite. Or leave a message at 888-472-7110 or email info@prairieoaksinstitute.org and fee will be collected on the day of the camp.