Native Seed Collection with
Grassland Heritage Foundation
We are excited to host two seed collection events this fall on both Paintbrush Prairie and GHF's own Leadplant Prairie. 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, Kaitlyn Ammerlaan, will lead the events 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 restoration projects.
We will start both days at Leadplant Prairie, before moving on to our second location, Paintbrush Prairie. We welcome you to bring a lunch to enjoy on the prairie between collection locations!
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 either of our seed collection events this fall, please RSVP using the button below. We will send you an event reminder and detailed directions to the prairies before the event. We will also use 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 these events with you all!
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Leadplant Prairie at 9 am and Paintbrush Prairie at 11:30 am
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Leadplant Prairie at 11 am and Paintbrush Prairie at 1:30 pm
Event Dates and Times
Purchased by GHF in 2018, Leadplant Prairie is a 17.7 acre hay meadow in Anderson County, near the town of Welda. The area is known as one of the few remaining strongholds of the federally threatened Mead’s milkweed in Kansas, and the Nature Conservancy owns other high-quality prairies nearby. Kansas Biological Survey counted 199 plant species on Leadplant Prairie, including Mead’s milkweed! Click here for the location of the prairie.