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Moonlight Seed Harvest

  • Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
  • Address: 8700 NE 126 Ave., Maxwell, IA 50161
  • September 30, 2017
  • From: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • Phone: (515) 323-5331
  • Price: Free

choJoin Polk County Conservation and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for a moonlit evening restoring the prairie at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, a ten-mile nature preserve half an hour northeast of Des Moines. Together, we’ll hand harvest native prairie seed to diversify and expand the prairie. After, we’ll gather around the campfire at the Youth Camp Area to enjoy s’mores and celebrate the arrival of autumn in good company under the soon-to-be full harvest moon. No experience necessary, all equipment provided. Families welcome!

Please note that we will be working in the dark and walking on uneven terrain. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, long pants and bring a headlamp or flashlight.

An RSVP is required for this event. Space is limited. To RSVP, visit www.inhf.org/events/eid/1664bf7f0f8c43be/volunteer/moonlight-seed-harvest/ by Sept. 28.

Camping is available at Chichaqua for interested attendees. Visit www.mycountyparks.com to reserve your site today.

About Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt:
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt encompasses nearly ten miles of reconstructed and remnant prairie, oxbows, marshes and wetlands along the Skunk River in Polk and Jasper Counties. It is home to a diverse mix of plants, wildlife and an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Since 1993, INHF has helped the Polk County Conservation Board (PCCB) and Iowa Department of Natural (DNR) expand Chichaqua Bottoms, adding nearly 5,000 acres. The property is now owned and managed by the PCCB in Polk County, and the DNR in Jasper County.

Please bring:
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Sturdy shoes
- Long pants
- Water bottle
- Insect repellent


We will be collecting from a site south of the main park complex just off of 118th Ave. Site coordinates: 41.776624, -93.393950 or use the following address: 10154 NE 118th Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161. Park on the south side of 118th Ave. Look for the signs designating parking. Please be mindful of the neighbor across the road and allow the family full access to their driveway.

Contact PCC Community Outreach Coordinator Melissa Schmeling at melissa.schmeling@polkcountyiowa.gov or 515-323-5331, or INHF Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Louis at mlouis@inhf.org or 515-288-1846 x35.

Moonlight Seed Harvest