The shortgrass prairie grows in the Great Plains, in the western border of the prairie biome in the United States, just east of the Rocky Mountains. It evolved in a dry climate, where only 12 to 15 inches of rain usually falls all year, most of it from April to June. This semi-arid climate has low humidity, high evaporation rates, and periods of severe drought.

Shortgrass prairie

Shortgrass rangeMany endangered animals rely on the shortgrass prairie to survive, but the prairie is vanishing day-by-day.

The shortgrass prairie you will be restoring is in a dry soil region. Almost all of this ecosystem is gone—but some people are trying to preserve and restore it. Can you build a shortgrass prairie?


"Build-A-Prairie" is part of the Bell LIVE! 1999 "On the Prairie" program.

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