Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Hwy PD Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

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. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1119

What to Bring:

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

Schedule:

Date: Wednesday, November 3rd

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction County Hwy PD Unit, 7701 Hwy PD Verona 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the parking lot by the barns off of McKee Rd.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. 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 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

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. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1114

What to Bring:

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

Schedule:

Date: Friday, October 29th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park – please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit, 6874 Cross Country Rd., Verona, WI 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the Ice Age Trailhead, adjacent to the parking lot of the soccer fields complex.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. 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 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Hwy PD Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

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. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1119

What to Bring:

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

Schedule:

Date: Friday, October 29th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction County Hwy PD Unit, 7701 Hwy PD Verona 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the parking lot by the barns off of McKee Rd.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. 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 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Hwy M Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

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. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1120

What to Bring:

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

Schedule:

Date: Friday, October 22th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction County Hwy M Unit, 8451 Flagstone Dr., Verona, WI 53719

See location in Google Maps

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. 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 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Hwy PD Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

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. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1119

What to Bring:

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

Schedule:

Date: Friday, October 22th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction County Hwy PD Unit, 7701 Hwy PD Verona 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the parking lot by the barns off of McKee Rd.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. 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 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

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. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1114

What to Bring:

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

Schedule:

Date: Wednesday, October 20th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park – please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit, 6874 Cross Country Rd., Verona, WI 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the Ice Age Trailhead, adjacent to the parking lot of the soccer fields complex.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. 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 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Enhance Biodiversity Through Seed Collecting!

By Eva Ballering, Land Steward at the Ice Age Trail Alliance
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Prairie, Sunset, Summer
A blooming prairie in summer: insects buzz from flower to flower, enriching themselves on sweet nectar. Thick leaves rustle loudly in the hot humid air. Purples and yellows blend together at the horizon. Photo by Eva Ballering.
Following the phenology of the season can be one of life’s greatest pleasures for prairie enthusiasts. With the late summer burst of color, in its final hurrah for the season, the majority of plants start to wind down and prepare for winter. Although this is a notable event, the prairie has been busy all season.  By the time the prairie is in full bloom, many species have already taken their turn to flower, attract pollinators, and produce seed.

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