Between Spaces Walkshop – Pocket Prairie

Chris and David in the Pocket Prairie

Chris and David in the Pocket Prairie

Pocket Prairie from University Ave.

Pocket Prairie from University Ave.

Hand drawn map of the Pocket Prairie

Hand drawn map of the Pocket Prairie

Gathering and documenting in the Pocket Prairie

Gathering and documenting in the Pocket Prairie

David in the Pocket Prairie

David in the Pocket Prairie

Pocket Prairie grasses after winter

Pocket Prairie grasses after winter

Fabricating and gathering in the Pocket Prairie

Fabricating and gathering in the Pocket Prairie

Fabricating in the Pocket Prairie

Fabricating in the Pocket Prairie

Starting the Walkshop with a story about managing the Pocket Prairie

Starting the Walkshop with a story about managing the Pocket Prairie

Chris and David in the Pocket Prairie thumbnail
Pocket Prairie from University Ave. thumbnail
Hand drawn map of the Pocket Prairie thumbnail
Gathering and documenting in the Pocket Prairie thumbnail
David in the Pocket Prairie thumbnail
Pocket Prairie grasses after winter thumbnail
Fabricating and gathering in the Pocket Prairie thumbnail
Fabricating in the Pocket Prairie thumbnail
Starting the Walkshop with a story about managing the Pocket Prairie thumbnail

During this Walkshop participants had the opportunity to learn about a small lot in downtown Champaign that had been converted into a mini prairie ecosystem. Different groups in town help to maintain the small green space, including local Boy Scouts. Participants in the Walkshop learned about the plants that grew in the Pocket Prairie and also the way this space is used by the public. Some of the unintended uses include: being a late night smoking spot for a neighboring bar or a day time drinking spot for the local transient population. There is a small trail that one can walk through to view the diverse fauna that grow in the Pocket Prairie.