Save the Prairie Society hosted a group of 10 urban ecologists from Ukraine at Wolf Road Prairie on February 18, 2002. The purpose of the group’s visit was to learn about volunteer restoration efforts and then translate and adapt these ideas and projects into viable programs in their homeland.
We exchanged gifts. Save the Prairie Society presented the delegation with a copy of a STPS videograph on management issues at Wolf Road Prairie featuring Steve Packard, National Audubon Society. Volodymyr I. Prudky, (below) Senior Ecologic Inspector, Head of State Ecologic Control of Biological Resources, contributed a book he authored to the Prairie House Resource Library. In it are photographs he took of plants and landscapes in the Ukraine.
The steppes of Ukraine are blessed with fertile soil, similar to the American prairies. There was much information and common interest to be shared with members of the Zaporizhia Urban Ecology Program.
Save the Prairie Society has given tours of the prairie and the Prairie House to individuals from about 40 foreign lands.
The Ukrainian visit to Wolf Road Prairie was arranged through the International Visitor’s Center of Chicago Community Connections Program and funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of Citizen Exchanges.