Moonlight Seed Harvest

Come collect seeds and celebrate fall at the INHF moonlight seed harvest! We’ll help restore the native prairie by collecting a variety of seeds and then relax afterwards with a bonfire — s’mores and apple cider provided. No experience is necessary, but please dress for the weather and wear field-appropriate shoes. Participants should bring a headlamp, water bottle and a passion for the great outdoors.


Photo by Tony Webster via Flickr Creative Commons

When: Saturday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Youth Camp Area. Click here for a map and more information about the area.

Questions? Contact Mary Runkel, INHF volunteer coordinator by email or at 515-288-1846 ext 17.

RSVP for this event with Mary or Melissa Schmeling at



Heritage Valley: The little things in life

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An Iowa DNR member presents on a plant species to an attentive volunteer. (Photo by Jessica Rilling)

As I reflect back on our summer seed harvest on July 9 up and around Heritage Valley in northeast Iowa, I think to myself “What a great day!” But I think that I say that a lot—so this time I’ll do my best to answer WHY it was so great. Continue reading

The prairie calls…for volunteers!

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The sun shines on downy painted cup at Heritage Valley, an INHF property.

Looking for a fun and relaxed volunteer opportunity? You’re in luck! Join INHF and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the a seed harvest in northeast Iowa on Thursday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at Heritage Valley and Solitaire Ridge. Continue reading

Morning Prairie Seed Harvest

palepurpleviewJoin the INHF staff for a fun-filled morning collecting native prairie seed from an INHF-owned remnant prairie on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. The event will take place from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Breen Prairie located approximately 3 miles north of Monticello on Highway 28 in Jones County. After the seed is harvested by hand, it will be distributed to other parts of the property where we would like to increase native plant diversity. Continue reading