Prairie Seed Collection

Prairie Seed CollectionAll seed collection sessions will take place at Pope Farm Conservancy. No experience is necessary, but registration is required. Please email Curt Caslavka at curt@popefarmconservancy.org and let him know which session(s) you will be attending.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • October 21st, (Saturday9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

More Information…

Registration (REQUIRED): To sign up, please fill our our online form or email Curt Caslavka at curt@popefarmconservancy.org and let him know which session(s) you would like to attend.

Release/Waiver Form (REQUIRED): All volunteers must complete and sign the waiver form. Volunteers (aged 17 and younger) must have a parent/guardian sign their waiver form, as well.  Please download the Volunteer Release/Waiver Form and bring your signed waiver with you to your seed collection session. We will have extra forms on hand. If you signed a waiver last year, you do not need to submit another one this year.

What to expect: We will be out in the prairies collecting seeds for about 2 to 2.5 hours. No previous experience is necessary. We will show you, and demonstrate to you what, where, and how seed collecting will be done.

What to bring: Please bring some water and sunscreen. If you have a bucket, container, and/or small pruning shears, please bring them along, as well. If you have not yet signed our Release/Waiver Form (see link above), please bring your signed waiver with you.

What to wear: We recommend wearing gloves, long pants and footwear that covers your feet entirely.

Where to meet: All seed collection sessions will take place at Pope Farm Conservancy. Please meet us at the top of the hill, near the upper Old Sauk Road parking lot.

About the Prairie Restoration Project

In 2013, FOPFC started the Prairie Restoration Project to increase the diversity of prairie plant species at Pope Farm Conservancy and improve the overall quality of our prairies. Our first two years have been a huge success! Volunteers were able to collect over $4500 worth of seed from 33 different native prairie species at Pope Farm Conservancy, Pleasant Valley Conservancy, and Swamp Lovers Conservancy.

This year, the Restoration Committee would like to transform a small area of about 1 acre into oak savanna, and we need YOUR help to collect seeds for this project.  This is a great opportunity for us to improve the natural areas of PFC! We hope to see you in the prairies soon!

Questions/Comments? Please email Curt Caslavka at curt@popefarmconservancy.org.