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Native Seed Collection with
Grassland Heritage Foundation

Join GHF and the Groundhogs volunteer group for a morning of seed collecting at GHF’s Snyder Prairie, near Mayetta, KS, about 20 miles north of Topeka! Enjoy the prairie while learning how to collect native seed and identify some common prairie plants. No experience needed and all ages are welcome. GHF Program Director and Preserve Manager, Nicole Stanton-Wilson, will lead the event and show you how to identify and collect native seed on the prairie. All of the seed collected will be used for GHF’s future planting and restoration projects.

Save your paper bags! We use paper bags to store and sort our collected seed, and we could always use a few more. Paper bag donations are appreciated (nearly any size is helpful and bags with handles are great).

Please make sure that you come prepared for working outdoors. This includes a bringing a water bottle, bug spray, sun block, and a hat. Be sure to wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes. We will provide all necessary tools (gloves, pruners and scissors), but feel free to bring along your own if you prefer.

RSVP Required! If you are interested in attending this, please RSVP using the button below.




RSVP’s help us to predict how many people to expect at the site on the day of the event. We will send you an event reminder and detailed directions to the prairie before the event. We will also you the email provided to contact you if we need to cancel or reschedule due to weather or other circumstances.

Collecting seeds is one of our favorite prairie activities and we can’t wait share this morning with you all!

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

10 am to 1 pm

About Snyder Prairie

Originally homesteaded in 1857, this prairie was regularly grazed until 1998 and invaded by sericea lespedeza, broom sedge, and hedge trees. When the homestead came under the ownership of Rachel Snyder, a former editor of the Flower and Garden Magazine in Kansas City in 1974, she restored the 1868 limestone house, planted gardens, and restored two small prairie patches. IN 1984 she deeded the property to GHF to ensure its protection and continued restoration. The limestone house was sold to her friends at her request, and GHF took over full-time maintenance of the prairie in 1994. Since then, the GHF Groundhogs volunteer group prairie maintenance efforts have focused on protecting the site's native prairie by removing weedy and woody invasive vegetation.

Click here for the location of the prairie.

Aerial Imagery of Snyder Prairie
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