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What you didn’t know about the grass family

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 in Nature

By Bria Fleming During the holidays, we spend time with friends and family. This holiday season, why not spend some time with another family: grasses (family name Poaceae)? This is a great time of year to study grasses, since the weather has turned colder and the landscape has turned browner and there are no more … Continued

Memories and Gratitude: An Ode to Volunteers

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 in Activities, Nature

  By Bria Fleming Each year in the height of summer here at Kankakee Sands, the plants are growing in earnest,  the seeds are ripening, our workload is increasing exponentially and I am filled with a renewed appreciation for the time and dedication of our volunteers. They give selflessly of themselves and their time, many … Continued

Speaking a Different Language

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 in Nature

By Bria Fleming  “Stand up straight—you’re missing all the good sunlight!” “Here, try a little of my nitrogen—it’ll help you grow.” “Hey, has anybody had any luck getting rid of these lady beetles?”   If plants could talk, they might be overheard making comments like that. But that’s silly—plants can’t talk. They just sit there, … Continued

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