What to Wear

It’s not about fashion… it’s about function.

Dressing the right way for workdays will make your experience a lot more enjoyable. Keep in mind that during the fall, winter, and early spring, it can be colder on the prairie than it is at home. Usually, though, temperatures warm as the morning progresses, so we suggest that you dress in layers that you can remove or add as needed.

Minimum clothing for cold weather includes: long pants, long sleeves, gloves, warm socks, boots, warm coat, and hat or hood. Long underwear is a good idea whenever the temperature is below 35° Fahrenheit. Fleece makes an excellent middle layer. When weather conditions permit, we burn brush, and recommend wearing natural fibers such as wool or cotton as an outer layer when working near brush piles.

Minimum clothing for warm weather includes: long pants, socks, sturdy shoes, long sleeves, sunglasses, and a sun hat. A wicking layer close to your skin can be very helpful on hot days. We also recommend that you use an appropriate sunscreen, and if you have preferences for insect repellent, that you bring your choice. We usually have a DEET-containing insect repellent available when needed.

Comfortable as they are, shorts, skirts, capri pants, tank tops, and sandals are never a good idea on the prairie or in the woodland, even in warm weather. Walking in rough terrain among tall plants poses hazards that will make these sorts of clothes very uncomfortable. Trust us—we know from firsthand experience.

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