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Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:00 AM - Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:00 PM


Schwager Dr, Whitewater, WI 53190Whitewater, WI 53190

The prairie seed collection program aims to restore the UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve to a native habitat found in our area of Wisconsin prior to European settlement.


Seed Collectors will be responsible for collecting one or two specific prairie species in the UW-Whitewater nature preserve. Individuals will be trained on identifying the plant, determining if it is ready for harvest, and how to harvest it. Volunteers will work alone or in teams of two, depending on preference and quantity of seed needed for collection. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and long sleeve shirt and long pants to protect skin from plants and insects. Meet at the Prairie Information Kiosk on Schwager Road. Coordinates listed in street address.

Tools and basic gloves are available in a limited supply, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools and gear. Volunteers choosing to work alone can listen to headphones if desired. All training is provided, including plant identification, location, and harvesting method.

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  • General Education
  • People Skills
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Habitat Restoration

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Volunteer times are scheduled in 2 hour increments
  • Prepare for Wisconsin fall weather. Cancellation due to rain is likely because seed gets too wet
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