1.       Meet with your fellow group members.  Go over the evaluation rubrics that describe how you will be evaluated as an individual and as a group.


2.     As a group, you will use the electronic and print resources to locate

     information about North American.


Useful Resources:

National Geographic: Prairie Habitat


Biomes of the World


  3Each person in your group will accept one of the following  





1.  You will need to evaluate the proposed prairie site. 

     Something to think about: 

      Look at the site, are there any buildings, utility poles or other obstacles that need to be considered?  How much sun does the site get? What other considerations can you think of? 


2.  Draw a simple diagram of the site and begin to plan

     your design.  You can either draw you design by hand and scan it  

    into the computer, or give TuxPaint a try and create

    your design on the computer.


    You can print sheets of graph paper to help you.

     Something to think about:

     Where do you want to plant the grasses and flowers?  Will there be flower beds or will you let the grasses grow freely?  Consult with the Horticulturalist and Zoologist to see what the needs are of the plants and how to create shelter for animals.  Do you need a water source? What other considerations can you think of?


3.  Once you have your design, work with the Accountant 

     to figure out how much material you need and how much it will cost.


Useful Resources:


An interactive program about building a prairie.


Prairies Forever

Information about designing prairies


Happenin" Habitats




1.  You will need to create a simple Excel spreadsheet to keep track of your budget. 


2.  You will work with the Designer to determine what materials, such as soil, plants, etc... are needed for the project.  You will need to find out the quantity and how much the items cost. 


    Something to think about:

     You will need to shop around to see where you can get the best prices.  You may

     discover that you can't afford everything the designer wants.  Which items can

     you afford to get and which items will have to wait?


Useful Resources:

Prairie Land Management

Source for seeds and information.


Wild Seed Farms

Source for seeds and information.


Oak Prairie Farm

Source for seeds and information.




1.  You will use the Internet to research ten prairie plants that will grow in our area and would provide a good source of food for animals.  Use a Plant Information Sheet to keep track of the plants you find.


2.  Select a least five plants to include in your group's presentation.  For each plant you will need to include: 

3.  Work with the Designer to select the best plants for our prairie and our budget.

Useful Resources:

Praire: Planting a Prairie Garden


Praire Wildflowers of Illinois


1.  You will use the Internet to research animals, birds or insects that would most likely take up residence in an "inner city prairie".  Use an Animal Information Sheet to keep track of the animals you find.

2.  Select at least five of them to include in your group's presentation.  For each animal you will need to include: 


3.  Work with the Horticulturalist to make sure the plants that are chosen will provide a good food source for our prairie animals.

 Useful Resources:

A Field Guide to the Prairie


National Geographic Animals

Facts, habitats, pictures and sound for various animals


Prairie Eco-Systems

Information about mammals, insects and birds found on the prairie.


Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: North American Mammals



Remember:  Each committee member is responsible for completing their part of this project and for working cooperatively with other committee members.

4. Meet with your group members and share your findings.  Work  together as a group to plan the layout of your committee's PowerPoint presentation.

      Something to Think About: 

           ∑       When you make your PowerPoint presentation, what background 

             colors and font will you use?   How many slides will be devoted to    

             each topic?  How will they be laid out?    If you need to, sketch your 

             plan out on paper.


5.     Create you final product!

6.   You have worked hard and are almost ready to present!             Give your work one last check using the rubric to evaluate your groupís project.

7.  Congratulations!  Your committee has completed its task!