Public invited to free guided prairie hike near Tracy Aug. 2

The public is invited to take part in a free guided prairie hike at the Glynn Prairie Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) near Tracy at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The two-hour hike will offer an opportunity to experience a rare mesic prairie plant community that offers a glimpse of landscapes past. This prairie will showcase blazing star, gayfeather and purple coneflower interspersed among prairie cordgrass, Indian grass and big bluestem.

Bring your camera, field guide, sketch book, and binoculars to capture this special landscape.

The hike will be relatively easy and about a mile in length, but there are no maintained trails at the SNA. Visitors should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the terrain and weather. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water and insect repellant. There are no restrooms within the SNA.

From Tracy, drive 3.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 14. Turn north on County Highway. 9 and drive 1.75 miles.

Park in the pull-off on the west side of the road. The hike will begin there.

There is no charge to attend. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

For more information, contact Veronika Phillips at 952-454-8428 or vphillips.habitat@gmail.com. For more information on SNAs, visit www.mndnr.gov/snas/index.html.