Collect native prairie seed at the Sand Coulee SNA

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Location: 
Sand Coulee SNA, near Hastings
Volunteer collecting seed

Volunteer collecting native prairie seed. Photo courtesey of Rich Wahls.

After a brief training on the importance of seed collecting and identification, volunteers will help hand collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. Volunteers will work with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik in the natural area most recently added to the Sand Coulee Scientific & Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. This is especially important as the Sand Coulee provides a home to 13 rare plant and animal species.

Previous seed collection experience is not required, all are welcome. However, this activity is very detail-oriented, and generally best suited for teenagers and up. (Learn more about FMR volunteer seed collection events here.)

This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, providing opportunities for hands-on stewardship of this unique cold prairie river and its watershed. 

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive precise directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. If you're under 18 and interested in volunteering without the company of your parent or guardian, please take a moment and have them fill out this brief minor permission form.

To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and pre-registration required. Registration closes Wednesday, September 27, or upon reaching capacity.

You will receive a confirmation email with details and directions from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.) Amy is typically in the office M-Th.

Can't make it?

If you can't make this event but would like to be notified of future Vermillion Stewards habitat restoration and education events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org. Or to receive notices of all FMR events and news, sign up for our biweekly Mississippi Messages.

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Partners: 
Thank you event partner Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Funding for this project was provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund (as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature), the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Hastings United Way, and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization.