Loess Hills Prairie Seed Harvest (Moorhead)

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You're invited to the Loess Hills for a prairie seed harvest!

Spend an autumn evening on the prairie with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Golden Hills RC&D learning about the land, exploring the prairie and hand harvesting native seed that will be used for prairie restoration projects in the region. Stay after the harvest to hike around the prairie.

An RSVP is required. Space is limited. RSVP

Rain date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-7:30 p.m.


INHF's Monona County Complex encompasses nearly 800 acres of Loess Hills grassland, woodland, and adjacent Little Sioux River floodplain. This complex boasts native prairie remnant, reconstructed prairie, bur oak woodland and restorable grassland. It is home to a diversity of native plants and wildlife that thrive in the unique Loess Hills of western Iowa. 


INHF is implementing a few new changes to fall events to help ensure everyone stays safe and healthy.

  • We are asking EVERY volunteer to complete a liability form prior to attending any events. Completed forms may be sent to Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at mschmidt@inhf.org prior to the event. Please include the name of the event you plan to attend in the subject line. Forms will also be available on site the day of the event, though we encourage you to complete it in advance to help limit close interaction.
  • While we are not requiring volunteers to wear masks, we do ask that volunteers respect each other’s space and stay at least 6 feet apart from one another. When it is not possible to do so, we ask that volunteers wear a mask until they can safely distance themselves from others.
  • We will be providing all the necessary equipment, but are asking each volunteer to bring along their own work gloves, mask and water bottle. Hand sanitizer will be available at the work day and all equipment will be wiped down prior and after use by INHF staff.
  • Attendance at events will be limited. Capacity will vary depending on event locations. 

Thank you for helping us ensure we can all safely enjoy being on the land. Please email Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at mschmidt@inhf.org with any questions or concerns.

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

Parking will be located along county highway E-54, approximately 0.5 miles east of Larpenteur Road and about 7 miles northwest of Moorhead.



Contact INHF Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at mschmidt@inhf.org

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.  

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Monday, September 28, 2020

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Monona County Complex
Moorhead, IA

Melanie Schmidt