Our superpower is planting prairie plants in rocky soil. What’s your super power?

A big thank you to everyone who came and helped plant our prairie on Sunday, October 8! We got all of the plants into the ground despite all the rocks we have to remove as we dug holes. We had a great turnout of Beloit College students who pitched in to help. We planted: Purple Prairie Clover, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Yellow Coneflower, Hoary Vervain, Smooth Blue Aster, Stiff Goldenrod, Meadow Blazingstar, Lupine, Butterfly Milkweed.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Northern Winnebago County and Mayor Ted Rehl for helping fund the purchase of these plants!

About Our Green Team

Our Green Team Programs and Initiatives support the effort to restore the confluence campus grounds to a sustainable and healthy eco-system. Anyone can be part of the Green Team! Just pitch in and help. 2017 Green Team Programs were supported by a donation from Blackhawk Bank.

About Nature At The Confluence Centennial Prairie Reconstruction

We are reconstructing 5 acres of prairie with native plants. The Confluence grounds was not orginally a prairie, as it was naturally a marshy wetland. Over the last 75 years industrial fill was brought in to raise the land 8-10 feet. The prairie restoration is name in honor of South Beloit’s Centennial  celebrated in 2017.

Prairies are unique ecosystems dominated by grasses and other non-woody plants called forbs. Plants help maintain the diversity of the prairie ecosystem, attracting animals who use the prairie for food and habitat.  When the Centennial Prairie is established, we’ll see birds and mammals, and insects. Many species of birds use grassland habitats as their home. They use the prairie as a place to hunt for food, to hide their nests in the tall grasses, and to raise their young. If a prairie site doesn’t have a variety of plants, insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals will not choose the site as their home. Each animal needs specific types of plants for food and shelter. Some animals use only one type of plant. When a prairie has a large variety of plants, it attracts a wider variety of animals.

Centennial Prairie Plantings

Oct-Nov 2017 Seeding by Tallgrass Restoration

  • Nodding Onion
  • Leadplant
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Sky-Blue Aster
  • Smooth Blue Aster
  • New England Aster
  • Partridge Pea
  • Prairie Coreopsis
  • White Prairie Clover
  • Purple Prairie Clover
  • Pale Purple Coneflower
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Rattlesnake Master
  • Early Sunflower
  • Prairie Blazing Star
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Smooth Penstemon
  • Prairie Cinquefoil
  • Mountain Mint
  • Yellow Coneflower
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Sweet Black-Eyed Susan
  • Compass Plant
  • Showy Goldenrod
  • Spiderwort
  • Culver’s Root

October 2017 Plant plug planting by Green Team

  • Purple Prairie Clover
  • Lance Leaf Coreopsis
  • Yellow Coneflower
  • Hoary Vervain
  • Smooth Blue Aster (substituted for Sky Blue Aster)
  • Stiff Goldenrod
  • Meadow Blazingstar (substituted for Rough Blazingstar)
  • Lupine
  • Butterfly Milkweed

June 2017 Seeding by Tallgrass Restoration

  • Yarrow
  • New England Aster
  • Illinois Bundle Flower
  • Annual Fleabane
  • Round-headed Bush Clover
  • Wild Lupine
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Evening Primrose
  • Yellow Coneflower
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Ohio Spiderwort
  • Little Bluestem Grass
  • Indian Grass
  • Switchgrass
  • Wester Wheatgrass
  • Sideoats Gramma
  • Red Fescue
  • Oat Rush
  • Big Bluestem