TUPELO, MS: Delve into the beauty of Mississippi’s native Blackland Prairie with a park ranger on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the Chickasaw Village Site. This one hour program will take participants on a half-mile walk through a prairie remnant in search of all that is wonderful in a prairie: wildflowers, birds, butterflies, and much more.
“Prairies are kaleidoscopes of color,” said Park Ranger Kristen Maxfield, who will lead the hike. “Bring your own binoculars to get a chance to see brilliant blue indigo buntings and golden common yellowthroats, or a camera to capture the royal purple of prairie clover.”
Participants may borrow one of a limited number of binoculars. There is no shade on the prairie. Visitors are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. Comfortable, close-toed shoes are also recommended.
This program is free. The Chickasaw Village Site is located at milepost 261.8 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/natr, or call 1-800-305-7417.