What is a Prairie?

​​​​​​​​​Prairies are specific ecosystems that are part of the temperate grasslands, savannas and shrublands. They generally have moderate rainfall and a diverse array of grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees. The word “prairie” typically refers to the Great Plains of the United States. Prairies contain lush flowers and grasses and rich soil.

“Prairie” is the French word for “meadow.”

U.S. Prairie Map

Our Prairie Past

Cultural Relevance

What Remains Today