Seed collection at Vermillion River Linear Park [FULL]

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Vermillion River Linear Park, Hastings
Volunteer Karla distributes grass seed at Vermillion River Linear Park

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Join us for an evening of collecting and distributing native seed at Vermillion River Linear Park, a beautiful 60-acre park in the heart of Hastings and part of a corridor of green space that runs through the city. This park flanks the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi, recognized for trophy brown trout

After a brief introduction and training, volunteers will collect seeds from important, habitat-creating plants. Then, we'll distribute the seeds in areas where invasive species have recently been removed, and areas that need more native cover. Spreading these seeds now means a healthy, diverse array of plants ready to grow next spring.

All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration is required. All supplies and training will be provided and volunteers will work closely with FMR staff. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, engaging Vermillion River Watershed residents to learn about the local watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources.


Volunteers will be working on level ground but uneven terrain. Some areas of the worksite can be accessed by paved trails. Collecting and spreading seed are both lower-intensity activities that can be done at your own pace.

Ready to register?

While this event is full, you can still sign up for the waitlist. Please contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at, 651.222.2193 x27, or by selecting Sophie by name under "Category" via the FMR contact form. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. We will contact you if a spot opens up.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at Or, visit our Events Calendar for our most up-to-date listing of upcoming events. To receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.

What about COVID-19?

We're watching the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines closely. If plans change based on their recommendations, FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey will email registrants with event updates. (Be sure to add to your contacts so updates don't land in spam.) And we'll update this page if anything changes. (You can read more about our policies here.)

We will offer gloves and hand sanitizer at the event. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own masks and wear them when in close proximity to others.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

Thank you to our partners and funders: 3M Foundation, BNSF Foundation, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Hastings High School, the Laura Jane Musser Foundation, Marathon Foundation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, RBC Wealth Management, United Way of Hastings and Xcel Energy.

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