Sunday, March 17, 2013

Come celebrate on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Join us to welcome Spring with the annual prescribed burn at Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow! Starting at mid-afternoon, trained experts from the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Program will explain safety measures, then ignite last year’s dry stems and leaves.

One parent says, "It's quite a sight - my daughter has gone to prescribed burns from age 2 and loves them. I think it's quite safe for kids of any age if they're with a parent."

Although burning may seem destructive, fire actually serves to stimulate vigorous new growth of native plants, controls the invasion of undesirable plants, warms the soil and releases nutrients. Fire allows diverse native plant and animal communities to thrive in natural areas.

After the fire is safely out, children will scatter seeds that were collected last Fall, and dance or sing to encourage new growth. In a few weeks the meadows will be springing back to life, better than ever.

If the weather permits, consider bringing a picnic supper. Come and go when you like. The event is free and open to the public. Buhr Park is in east Ann Arbor, at 2751 Packard (on the north side of the street) between Eisenhower and Platt. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Super Swampers Spring Planning

Super Swampers met today to plan activities for the year. We spent time thinking about what we liked about the wet meadows and the project and then brainstormed things we'd like to do.

Here's what we like:
  • It helps the environment
  • The flowers and the birds
  • Community
  • Bringing beauty to our park
  • Flowers
  • Helps animals live
  • Habitats for animals
  • Playing, plants, water, smiles, laughing
Here are some of the things we'd like to do (in the order of number of dot votes each one got):
  • Making or planting things (6)
  • Food (4)
  • The Burn (4)
  • Signs and awareness (4)
  • Animals (3)
  • Play/Fun (2) - but we always have fun
  • Taking care of it (1)
We'll get together soon to start planning the burn and things to make or plant.