Volunteer


First Fall Seed Harvest
Saturday, September 17 2022 at 12 PM

The kickoff to our fall native prairie seed harvests! Come help us further our mission by collecting seeds from our native plants, to be used in our future projects. You’ll have the oppurtunity to learn about the plants and the protected spaces they inhabit.

We’ll meet at the Presbyterian Chapel of the Lakes (2955 W Orland Rd) at noon and carpool to the site(s). We have all the tools and supplies. Things you may want for your comfort and protection are rubber boots, long sleeve shirt, and long pants.

Upcoming Opportunities

Seed Harvesting

Seed harvesting typically occurs during the summer and fall. Armed with a 5-gallon bucket, gloves, and harvest tools, volunteers are sent out to collect seeds from native prairie and wetland plant species. The harvested seeds are then processed by the Blue Crew to be planted on project sites or stored for later use.

Potential 2022 Seed Harvesting Dates:

  • Saturday, September 17th, 12 – 4 PM
  • Saturday, October 1st, 12 – 4 PM
  • Saturday, October 8th, 12 – 4 PM
  • Saturday, October 15th, 12 – 4 PM
  • Saturday, October 22nd, 12 – 4 PM
  • Saturday, October 29th, 12 – 4 PM

Prairie Planting Parties

Prairie planting parties are great opportunities for volunteers to sow some of the seed they have collected! Volunteers select bags of seed to throw into a tub, where the seed is mixed and divvied up amongst everyone who is present. Everyone then lines up side-by-side and walks the site in unison, scattering handfuls of seed along the way. Once all the seed is spread, everyone is invited to stomp it into the ground to ensure that the seed makes its way into the soil. Afterwards, we adjourn for refreshments and conversation—carrying the anticipation that the seeds we’ve sown will germinate come springtime. Check back during the fall and winter months for prairie planting announcements.

If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please contact Nate Simons at stuartbheron1@hotmail.com .

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