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Snyder Heritage Farm Prairie Seed Harvest (Elkhart)

You're invited to Snyder Heritage Farm for a fall prairie seed harvest for the whole family!

Spend an autumn day learning about the land, exploring the prairie and gathering native seed to support its ongoing restoration. Stay after the harvest to hike around the area's prairie, woodland and oak savanna. 

This activity is a favorite among our volunteers, from kids to adults, because of how peaceful and relaxing it is. No experience necessary.

Families are welcome to attend. We'll have fun programming to enjoy while you harvest seeds including a seed scavenger hunt, sensory items and tools like magnifying lenses to help explore the prairie.

In addition, to thank our volunteers for their contributions throughout 2023, volunteers can take home a small bag of seed for their own prairie project.

An RSVP is required. 


For over 30 years, Snyder Heritage Farm has been slowly transitioning from a traditional farm back to a blend of prairie, oak savanna, woodland and wetland ecosystems. It is now a 154-acre natural area just north of the Des Moines metro. Snyder Heritage Farm is stewarded by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

  • 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

Snyder Heritage Farm
11700 NE 64th St.
Elkhart, IA

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Contact Melanie 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.  

  1. family friendly


Saturday, September 23, 2023

9:30am - 12:00pm

Snyder Heritage Farm
11700 NE 64th St.
Elkhart, IA 50073

Melanie Schmidt