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Loess Hills Prairie Seed Harvest (Sylvan Runkel)

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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.

Seed harvesting can be done using your hands or clippers to collect seeds into buckets and bags. This activity is a favorite among our volunteers because of how peaceful and relaxing it is. It’s a great way to get to know the prairie more intimately and learn about this special ecosystem.

An RSVP is required. RSVP

Rain date: Thursday, Oct. 14, 5-7 p.m.

  • 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

We will meet at the Loess Hill Prairie Seminar Campground at the intersection of 178th St. and Oak Ave. near rural Castana. Parking will be available in a lot on the south side of 178th St. near the intersection of Oak Ave. Look for signage.



Contact INHF Volunteer Coordinator 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. get outdoors
  2. volunteer


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sylvan Runkel State Preserve
178th St. and Oak Ave.
Castana, IA 51010

Melanie Schmidt