Collect native prairie seed at the Sand Coulee SNA [FULL]

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 10:45am
Sand Coulee SNA, Hastings
Volunteers collecting native seed at the Sand Coulee SNA

Thank you for your interest in helping collect native seed at the Sand Coulee SNA. At this time the event has reached capacity and no further registrations are being accepted. Please consider joining us on October 8 for a similar seed collection event in Inver Grove HeightsVisit our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of volunteer opportunities.


After a brief training, 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.

Previous seed collection is not required all abilities 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. 


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Thank you to our partners and funders: 

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, the Laura Jane Musser Fund, the Winter Wheat Foundation, and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization.

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