Johnson County Prairie Seed Harvest

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You're invited to Kahler Prairie, 110 acres of reconstructed prairie and woodland habitat minutes from Iowa City, for a fall prairie seed harvest!

Together, we'll hand-harvest native seed. Seed collected will be used to diversify and expand the prairie. We'll kick the day off with conversation and a bit of background about Kahler Prairie before heading out into the prairie. 

Seed harvesting can be done using your hands or clippers to collect seeds into buckets and bags. This activity is a favorite among our volunteers because of how peaceful and relaxing it is. It’s a great way to get to know the prairie more intimately and learn about this special ecosystem.

An RSVP is requested for this event. 

About Kahler Prairie

Kahler Prairie is owned by Karl and Elizabeth Kahler and is managed in partnership with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The property has high species diversity that has been stewarded with fire, invasive brush removal and continued species diversity from previous seed harvests.

Please bring:
  • A water bottle
  • Long pants and close-toed shoes
  • Sun protection
  • All other equipment provided
  • A walking stick, binoculars and camera - if you like
  • No experience necessary
  • Children and families welcome
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
  • There will be NO restroom on-site
  • Please arrive five minutes early to park and check in

From Iowa City, head north of Hwy 1/North Dodge St. Turn right on Rapid Creek Rd. NE and follow for 2 miles. Look for a white INHF event sign to turn right off Rapid Creek Rd. and follow back to the property.



Contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at or  515-288-1846, ext. 35.


Wednesday, October 19, 2022

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Kahler Prairie
Iowa City, IA

Melanie Schmidt