Prairie seed collection at the Hastings Sand Coulee SNA

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Hastings Sand Coulee SNA, just southeast of Hastings (participants will receive directions prior to event)
Hand collecting prairie seeds

Photo by Rich Wahls for FMR.

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 stunning natural area hand-collecting native seeds. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. This is especially important as the Hastings 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.)

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Program Assistant Sophie Downey at, 651-222-2193 x27. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

You will receive a confirmation email from within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM and Promotions folder.) 

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.

Can't make it?

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Thank you to our partners and funders: Hastings United Way, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Natural Resources and Environmental Trust Fund and by our generous donors, like you!