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 will host several events in fall 2020 throughout western Iowa and will be looking for volunteers. Volunteers can come to as many or as few as they can.
Some of the seed we harvest will be used for educational workshops about propagating native plants in fall-winter. Learn more about those classes here.
If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form to receive updates.
Pasque Flower Seed Harvest
Loess Hills State Forest - Pisgah Unit
Wednesday, May 12
204 Jaguar Ave.
Pisgah, IA 51564
Join Golden Hills at Loess Hills State Forest for the first Prairie Seed Harvest of 2021! Pasque flower, the earliest spring ephemeral wildflower to bloom, currently has ripe seed. All seed collected will be donated to Iowa DNR for their Loess Hills prairie restoration projects.
Parking will be at the old farmstead on the east side of Pisgah just off Jaguar Ave.
Dress for the weather. We will be hiking up a hill on uneven terrain. Insect repellent recommended. We will practice social distancing and remain outdoors for the duration of the event.
Free & open to the public. No registration required and no experience necessary.
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