The tallgrass prairie, once the dominant vegetation in much of the Midwest, is now a rarity. Fernwood’s 5-acre prairie, begun as a bicentennial project in 1976, provides an authentic look at this vanishing part of our natural heritage. Wildflowers bloom throughout the growing season, and by late summer the grasses reach head height. Trails wind through and around the prairie, and in the center, a platform provides the same view as a pioneer on horseback. Half the prairie is burned each spring, allowing visitors to see a dramatic and apparently destructive, yet very natural process that maintains this special ecosystem.