Volunteer Restoration Days: Prairie

Iowa’s tallgrass prairie is amongst one of the most endangered ecosystems on Earth. Join PCC staff and fellow volunteers as we contribute efforts towards the protection and expansion of this important habitat in Polk County by collecting native seed ready to harvest. Seed harvest is an effective way to diversify local plant genetics and expand the prairie community across the Polk County Conservation parks system. Volunteers will get the opportunity to sharpen their plant identification skills, learn about the significance of the tallgrass prairie habitat, and enjoy a day lending a helping hand in restored grassland.

These events begin at 10 AM and end at 3 PM with a break from 12 - 1PM. Come for the morning, afternoon, or both – participants are encouraged to come and go per their desired hours.

ACTIVITY: Seed harvest



*By registering for this event, I acknowledge that it may include a registration waitlist. 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. Late registrations and walkups welcome if the event is not at capacity. Please notify Volunteer Coordinators to inquire about attendance if registration has closed.

COST: Free


AGES: All ages and abilities welcome. No experience necessary.

WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather. Required - closed-toe footwear. Recommended – long pants, layered shirts, and work gloves. Gloves provided for those without. In an effort to promote sustainability at this event, please bring a reusable water bottle.

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


Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Park Map | Meet at Natural Resources Headquarters

Morning session: 10 AM – 12 PM | Break: 12 – 1 PM | Afternoon session: 1 – 3 PM


Polk County Conservation strives to host inclusive, accessible events and meetings that enables 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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