You're invited to Heritage Valley, a 1,200-acre nature area near Decorah, for a summer prairie seed harvest!
Together, we'll hand-harvest native seed from Heritage Valley's hillside prairies. Seed collected will be used to diversify and expand the prairie. We'll kick the day off with conversation and a bit of background about Heritage Valley before heading out into 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 requested for this event.
About Heritage Valley
Unrivaled in its scope, Heritage Valley encompasses more than three miles of the Upper Iowa River in northeast Iowa. The property boasts a diverse mixture of habitats including woodland, prairie and floodplains, all managed primarily for native plants and wildlife. The property is owned and managed by INHF. Learn more about Heritage Valley.
- A water bottle
- Clothes you don't mind getting beat up, work gloves and sturdy shoes
- Sun protection
- All other equipment provided
- A walking stick, binoculars and camera - if you like
- No experience necessary
- Children and families welcome
- You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
- Please note: Terrain can be steep and hilly. All volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level.
From Waukon, go north on Hwy 76/9th St. NW out of Waukon. In 7 miles, take a left onto Iverson Bridge Rd. Go past Sandpiper Rd. At the first "Y" in the road, go left onto Ellingson Bridge Dr. At the 2nd "Y", go right to stay on Ellingson Bridge Dr. Go over the river and just after Red Bud Dr., look for an INHF sign and staff. Parking is available on a driveway on the left.
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Contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 30.