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New! Free "Build Your Park" Adult Coloring Book

We've made a lot of progress building American Prairie, but people aren’t the only things hard at work rebuilding the prairie!

Thanks to artwork from artist Erica Freese, we've created a free coloring book for ages 12+ that features nature’s park builders: plants, animals, and insects that help make our grasslands healthy, vibrant, colorful, and resilient in their own ways. As you give life to each design and learn more about the prairie ecosystem, we hope that their beautiful intricacies inspire you to get involved and help build your park.

Download Free Nature Coloring Book for Adults

Here's what you'll find inside:

POLLINATORS like the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) are critically important to plant life across the prairie, including wildflowers like the Purple Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). By transferring pollen from plant to plant as they look for nectar, pollinators promote plant genetic diversity. Pollinator insects, like bees, moths, wasps, and butterflies, are also part of the prairie food chain for hungry birds. 
BIRDS OF PREY such as the Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) are some of the great hunters of the plains. Soaring above the rolling hills, or perched above open fields, the eating habits of birds of prey (look at those talons!) help control populations of small rodents and rabbits. 
NATIVE PLANTS create the foundation of the prairie. Deep, underground root systems keep the soil intact and also store carbon removed from the atmosphere. Above ground, they are nutritious snacks for bison, elk, pronghorn and grouse. Can you identify each species as you color? Hint: look for Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), Western Wheatgrass (Pascopyrum smithii), Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis), and Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa). 
PRAIRIE DOGS, a keystone species, play an important role in the lives of many grassland creatures. Just like a construction site, the towns of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovi-cianus) are works in progress as the animals dig burrows and mow down vegetation, making homes for snakes and birds and encouraging new grass growth. Prairie dogs are also a tasty snack for predators like the endangered Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes). 
PLAINS BISON once roamed North America in great numbers, shaping the ecosystem with unique grazing patterns that benefit plants and birds, making wallows that turn into mini wetlands, and even serving as prey for wolves and grizzly bears. Whether you call them bison or buffalo, this iconic species is crucial to the abundance of the prairie. Their return to American Prairie has restored both the land and a glimpse of the past.