Marissa Gallant
Youth Education Manager

A habitat is a place where a plant or an animal lives and is able to meet its basic needs. Habitats come in all shapes and sizes – from rainforests, to deserts, but often overlooked are meadow habitats. At first sight, a meadow may appear to be just a grass filled field, but a closer look uncovers a world full of discovery and wonder. Tune in and read on to find out what life is like in a meadow, learn how to make your own wildflower seed bombs, and create your own meadow collage.  

What is a Meadow? 
A meadow is a habitat that is covered with mostly grasses, flowers, and other non-woody plants. Meadows are typically large, open spaces that have few or no trees. Meadows can be agricultural, transitional, urban, or perpetual. Agricultural meadows are formed when land set aside for livestock is left to grow but is still used for occasional grazing. Transitional meadows sprout up when land that was cleared for farming or livestock is abandoned. These areas are eventually replaced by woody plants like trees and shrubs. Urban meadows are created when homeowners allow their lawns to grow naturally, creating opportunities for native grasses and wildflowers to regrow. Perpetual, or natural meadows grow without human influence. These meadows are found in areas where the climate and soil conditions make it difficult for trees and shrubs to grow. Natural meadows can be found high up in the mountains, by the coast, and even in marshy areas.  

What Lives in a Meadow? 
The abundance of native grasses, wildflowers, and other plants that populate meadows support