Join INHF Land Ambassador volunteers for a workday at Kothenbeutel Heritage Prairie near Sheffield. Activities will include invasive species removal with hand tools and/or prairie seed harvesting, depending on the time of year. No prior experience is necessary and tools and gloves will be provided.
Workdays will occur every second Saturday, April-October from 1-4 p.m. For more information about this workday and future workdays at Kothenbeutel Heritage Prairie visit our Workdays at Kothenbeutel Prairie Facebook group.
If you plan to attend, complete this interest form so that we have enough supplies for each workday.
More information about seasonal activities:
- Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush. No prior experience is needed necessary and instruction will be provided. This can be done in any season.
- Seed collecting is a peaceful and relaxing activity that people of all ages can do. Typically no tools are necessary and volunteers use their hands to pick seeds from different flowers and grasses and collect them in buckets or bags. It can be done anytime during the blooming season, but fall seed collecting is most common.
- Sturdy shoes
- Water bottle
- Long pants
Kothenbeutel Heritage Prairie is located in northern Franklin County approximately 20 miles south of Mason City. Hikers may park along the road on 240th St. west of Thrush Ave.
About Kothenbeutel Heritage Prairie:
Kothenbeutel Prairie is a 40-acre native prairie preserve approximately twenty miles south of Mason City. Featuring over 200 plant species and a diverse array of wildlife, it provides a glimpse of what much of Iowa's landscape was once like. INHF purchased the prairie from Daryl Kothenbeutel, who operated a business selling prairie seed, when he retired in 2005. INHF has owned and stewarded the land ever since.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Workdays at Kothenbeutel Prairie Facebook group. Two Land Ambassador volunteers act as facilitators for this page and can be messaged with any questions.