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CANCELLED: Lend a Hand on the Land: A Prairie Seed Harvest

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WEATHER UPDATE: Due to recent heavy rains that have left the prairie saturated,  Lend a Hand on the Land: A Prairie Seed Harvest has been cancelled. At this time, there are no plans to reschedule the event. Thank you for your interest and understanding. We hope you'll join us on the prairie another time! Visit INHF's volunteer page to view other upcoming volunteer opportunities.

You’re invited to Snyder Heritage Farm, an amazing prairie oasis just outside of Des Moines, for a fall prairie seed harvest! Explore the magic of the prairie in autumn while hand collecting native prairie seed to help expand this amazing habitat. Make a day of it and stay for a guided afternoon hike through the oak savanna. An RSVP is requested for this event.

All are invited to come get away, learn and meet others. No experience necessary. Families welcome. We'll harvest rain or shine.

About Lend a Hand on the Land

This annual event is hosted by Iowa’s land trusts: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Bur Oak Land Trust, Four Mounds Foundation, The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) and Whiterock Conservancy. What is a land trust? A private, nonprofit organization that works to conserve land.

About Snyder Heritage Farm

Snyder Heritage Farm is a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. For over two decades, the property has been slowly transitioning from a traditional farm to an amazing blend of prairie, oak savanna, wetland and woodland. It is now an amazing prairie oasis just outside of the Des Moines metro. Snyder Heritage Farm is owned and managed by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

Please bring:
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn chair
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Long pants
  • Work gloves – if you have them
  • No experience necessary, families welcome
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
  • Restrooms available on site

*Please let us know if you need assistance with transportation. We are able to provide shuttles to and from locations within approximately 30 miles of Snyder Heritage Farm.


Snyder Heritage Farm is located 20 minutes northeast of Des Moines in Elkhart, Ia.
Snyder Heritage Farm
11700 NE 64th
Elkhart, IA 50073

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Contact Melanie Louis at or 515-288-1846 x35.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Snyder Heritage Farm
Elkhart, IA

Melanie Louis