In fall 2018, we partnered with Pottawattamie County Conservation and Iowa Prairie Network on two events for native prairie seed harvest. In 2019, with support from Gilchrist Foundation, we expanded these efforts throughout the Loess Hills, and in 2020 we are expanding even more.
We are working with local partners to find volunteers for the project. Volunteers will visit local prairie remnants and learn how to identify which plants are available for seed collection. The hand-collected seed will then be used for local prairie restoration and reconstruction projects.
We anticipate at least monthly seed collection workshops in summer and fall 2020 throughout western Iowa and will be looking for volunteers. Volunteers can come to as many or as few as they can. If you are interested, fill out this form.
Some of the seed we harvest will be used for educational workshops about propagating native plants. Learn more about those classes here.