For any who live in the South Sound, the prairies are a special place whose landscape and plants continue to amaze us year after year. The Glacial Heritage Preserve and the Mima Mounds Natural Area are two of the largest remnant prairies remaining in Western Washington. This year is the 15th annual Prairie Appreciation day and Glacial Heritage Preserve will be open to the public on May 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the wildflowers of the prairie in bloom. There is an easy self guided tour with activities geared towards children and adults. There will be educational booths with hands-on activities to learn about the plants, insects, the wildlife and wildflowers found in this unique ecosystem. So pack a picnic lunch, leave your dog at home and come enjoy! For more information check out the Friends of Puget Prairies Web site: http://www.prairieappreciationday.org