Metro Parks began restoring prairies in the 1970s. Most of the seeds were collected by hand from remnant prairies in the area. The Darby Plains Prairie region covered over 380 square miles. Very few native remnant sites remain. However, a visitor can imagine this expanse of prairie by visiting Battelle Darby Creek prairies today.
Prairie restorations varying from 40 to 700 acres.
Over 1000 acres of native Darby Plains prairie have been restored at this park. Prairies can be viewed by driving along Darby Creek Drive and by hiking the Greenway Trail.