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Walking Iron Wildlife Area - Hwy Y -- Prairie Seed Collection

Event Dates

  • 10/26/2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

Sign-Up is Required:

It’s that time of year again – time to start collecting seed from various prairie plants that have flowered and gone to seed. This is a great way to experience the beauty of prairie plants up close and learn about a diverse range of plant species and the wildlife that utilizes them for food and habitat. All of the seed collected will get processed and cleaned to then be seeded on future restored prairies, wetlands, oak savannas, and woodlands.

You do not need to be experienced in plant ID or have any prior knowledge of seed collection - we will have an overview of each species we'll be collecting. Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a chaperone. 

What to Bring: Bring drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, gloves, a hat, and a snack, if desired. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind working in – long sleeves and pants are recommended. We will provide all other tools and collecting materials.

Covid-19 Guidelines: The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the current Covid-19, Delta variant situation. We will be sanitizing shared equipment and ask that participants keep at least 6' of distance between each other. Masks will not be required while outdoors.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546


Walking Iron Wildlife Area, Hwy Y entrance, 11055 County Highway Y, Mazomanie WI 53560

We will be driving to our seed collection location - please arrive a few minutes early/on time.


Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 

Categories: Health & Fitness, Parks, Volunteer