Pohl Prairie Seed Harvest (Ames)

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Enjoy one of the last evenings of summer on the prairie with INHF and Friends of Ames High Prairie learning about the land, exploring the prairie and hand harvesting native seed that will be used for prairie restoration projects in the region. The event will be at the Richard W. Pohl Memorial Preserve in Ames. 

This peaceful and educational activity is a favorite among volunteers and a great way to get to know the prairie.

No prior experience is necessary; INHF will provide instructions. Seed harvesting can be done using your hands or clippers to collect seeds into buckets and bags. 

An RSVP is required. 

  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots, long pants and layers
  • Insect repellant and water bottle
  • A hiking stick, binoculars, field guide and/or camera, if you like
  • No experience necessary
  • Children and families welcome
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver

Navigate to the newly constructed parking lot northwest of Ames High School; access from 20th Street (north of high school). View the parking location here.


Contact INHF Central Iowa Land Stewardship Director Ryan Schmidt at

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.  


Thursday, September 21, 2023

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Richard W. Pohl Memorial Preserve
1801 Ridgewood Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Ryan Schmidt