The prairie is one of North America's great ecosystems and a vital habitat for many plants and animals. Over 98% of the prairie has been lost in the past 150 yearsbut some people are trying to bring it back, hectare by hectare. Restoring a prairie is a great challenge, requiring knowlege of biology, ecology, climatology, and even economics.
Are you up for the challenge? If you choose the right plants and animals, you can watch the prairie come to life before your eyes! Let's begin!
North America's prairie is divided into the tallgrass ecosystem and shortgrass ecosystem (plus an area in betweenthe "mixed grass" prairie). Which one do you want to restore?
"Build-A-Prairie" is part of the Bell LIVE! 1999 "On the Prairie" program.
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