Spring Ephemeral Hike 'n Harvest: Thomas Mitchell

Spring ephemerals are perennial woodland wildflowers which inhabit a short yet dazzling window of time in our forested areas, blooming and setting seed after the snow melts. Join PCC staff and fellow volunteers as we contribute efforts towards the protection and expansion of spring ephemeral species in our woodlands by collecting seed ready to harvest from these early blooming and short-lived spring plants.

Seed harvest is an effective way to diversify local plant genetics and expand the spring ephemeral plant community across the Polk County Conservation parks system. Volunteers will get the opportunity to sharpen their plant identification skills through an educational hike through the forest, learn about the significance of this habitat, and enjoy a day lending a helping hand in a beautiful county park.

*We are excited to offer this new volunteer opportunity. As we explore the world of harvesting spring ephemeral seed, please note that this is a learning experience for our staff. If we find that seed is not ready to harvest or that we have already reached the threshold of a sustainable harvest, we will shift from our plant identification hike into invasive plant species removal for a rewarding day of conservation in our woodlands.

ACTIVITY: Seed harvest

ECOLOGICAL IMPACT AREAS: Forest ecosystem, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, soil health



By registering for this event, I acknowledge I am filling an open position. In the event that I and/or members of my group are unable to attend, I will cancel my registration to allow for others to join this event.

DEADLINE: Register by noon the day prior. If the event is at capacity, contact Volunteer Coordinators to inquire about participation.

COST: Free


AGES: All ages welcome. No experience necessary.

WHAT TO BRING: It is recommended to dress for the weather. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a pair of gloves, if you have them - gloves provided for those without. In an effort to promote sustainability at this event, please bring a refillable water bottle.

Each event participant will be provided proper personal protective equipment and training as needed.

LOCATION DETAIL: Thomas Mitchell Park | Park Map | Exact meeting location in the park will be sent to registered volunteers


Polk County Conservation strives to host inclusive, accessible events and meetings that enable all individuals to participate. If you anticipate needing a modification due to a disability or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at 515-323-5300 or

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Upcoming Times

Thomas Mitchell Park

Friday, May 24, 2024   9:00 AM

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