Virtually all of the seed used in restoration at Pleasant
Valley Conservancy has been collected by hand, often by volunteers.
Seed collecting is a major fall activity, beginning in early
September and extending to early November. In most years,
seeds from over 100 species are collected, often more.
We always have a Seed Collecting Event on the second Sunday in October. We collect in the morning at Pleasant Valley Conservancy and in the afternoon at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie. Lunch is included! You can come for morning (9:30 AM to noon) at Pleasant Valley, afternoon (1 PM to 4 PM at Black Earth, or all day. In either case, please stay for lunch at noon at the cabin (Pleasant Valley). For details, call Kathie Brock at 608-238-5050.
The photos below show a group of volunteers collecting Indian
grass in Toby's Prairie. On a fine fall day, there is no more
relaxing activity than collecting seed! Children are welcome (all ages).
Photo below: Lunch being
served to the seed collecting group.
Planting Prairies and Savannas
Volunteers play an important role in planting prairies. All
of the seed are planted by hand, and many hands make short
work of the task.
|Above. Volunteer group who have
just finished planting the Pocket Prairie, November 1999.
Below. The Pocket Prairie five years later.