Volunteer


Lupine Seed Collection at Badger Barrens
Saturday, June 18th at 12 PM

Our first seed collection event of the year will be at our Badger Barrens preserve, and lupine will be the targeted species. This is a fun plant to harvest and is an easy one for children to help out with.

We will provide all of the supplies needed.

From Fremont, head east on SR 120 to CR 925 E. Turn left onto CR 925 E, and take that to Ln 100 Lake Anne. Turn left and follow the lane to the parking area. You can click here to view it on a map and get directions.

Watch for other seed collection opportunities in June and early July, as well as dates for our fall harvests.

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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