Wild Toledo
Prairie Initiative

Inspiring others to join us in

caring for animals and

Conserving

the natural world

Wild Toledo
Prairie Initiative

Prairie Installations

Adding beauty and other benefits throughout northwest Ohio.

History

In the fall of 2014, Wild Toledo began converting previously mowed lawn and abandoned lots to environmentally beneficial urban prairies, which save resources through reduction of mowing, improve rain water management and reduces runoff. These plantings also provide aesthetically pleasing habitat for important native species like birds and pollinators.

Process

The progression of native prairie plant installations as detailed by our conservation biologist.

“In the first year you don’t really see much. The plants are just popping up and can be quite sparse. After the first year, results can be incredibly variable. Some second years, like the one at O-I headquarters, look awesome, while other still have some trouble spots. Some of the factors we have to take into consideration are the soil quality and the previous land usage. We always tell our partners the prairies really take 3-5 years to look their best. We are totally confident we can convert any local land over to a prairie given the right amount of time and resources. Just look at the Broadway prairie in its sixth year and the original plantings on the Anthony Wayne Trail. They look amazing now! It just takes time.”

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Benefits

Increases pollinator population

Resting spots for migratory birds

Decreases carbon dioxide

Reduces upkeep

Reduces runoff

Food source

Beauty

Habitat

Project Prairie

Bringing the living labs into local classrooms

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Seed Packet Information

Click below to learn proper planting techniques and to register your personal prairie

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Prairie Locations

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TOLEDO ZOO AREA PRAIRIES

Formal Gardens
VS (Volunteer Building)
Anthony Wayne Trail (3)
Savanna Drive (Pedestrian Bridge)
Eagle Hill (Near Bald Eagle Exhibit)
Railroad (North side)
Spencer Street
Education Building
Maintenance Building (2)
Seed Production
Broadway
Administration Building
Solar Array

OTTAWA HILLS PRAIRIES

OH 1
OH 2
OH 3
OH 4

PERRYSBURG PRAIRIES

Hull Prairie Intermediate School
Three Meadows Rivercrest
Rivercrest
Woodlands Park

MAUMEE PRAIRIES

Gateway Middle School

TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Toledo Public Schools Educational Campus
Mayfair Elementary School
Natural Science Technology Center 1
Natural Science Technology Center 2
Rogers High School
Beverly Elementary School
Newbury Elementary School

COMPANIES/ORGANIZATIONS

East Toledo Family Center
King Library
Owens Illinois

Prairie Partners

Be Our Next Prairie

For information about new prairie installations please contact the Zoo's conservation department, 419-385-5721 ext.2130

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