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Heritage Valley Summer Seed Harvest (Waukon)

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You're invited to Heritage Valley, a 1,200-acre nature area near Decorah, for a summer prairie seed harvest!

Together, we'll hand-harvest native seed from Heritage Valley's hillside prairies. 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 Heritage Valley 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 Heritage Valley

Unrivaled in its scope, Heritage Valley encompasses more than three miles of the Upper Iowa River in northeast Iowa. The property boasts a diverse mixture of habitats including woodland, prairie and floodplains, all managed primarily for native plants and wildlife. The property is owned and managed by INHF. Learn more about Heritage Valley.

Please bring:
  • A water bottle
  • Long pants, work gloves and sturdy 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
  • Please note: Terrain can be steep and hilly. All volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level.

From Waukon, go north on Hwy 76/9th St. NW out of Waukon. In 7 miles, take a left onto Iverson Bridge Rd. Go past Sandpiper Rd. At the first "Y" in the road, go left onto Ellingson Bridge Dr. At the 2nd "Y", go right to stay on Ellingson Bridge Dr. Go over the river and just after Red Bud Dr., look for an INHF sign and staff. Parking is available on a driveway on the left.



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

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is committed to an equitable opportunity for volunteers to gather, in which we strive toward an environment that is both safe and welcoming for all. INHF continues to work toward creating a more inclusive environment that encourages, supports and affirms the diverse backgrounds of our volunteers. Attendees whose words, actions or behaviors make other attendees feel unsafe or unwelcome at INHF volunteer events will be asked to leave.  


Monday, July 10, 2023

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Heritage Valley
Waukon, IA

Melanie Schmidt