Field Trips and Events

Seed Collection at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve


The National Park Service is building a new Visitor’s Center at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, which should be completed in 2012. The roof is going to be a “green native prairie” roof. Native plants seeds from the Preserve need to be collected this year in order to facilitate the planting next year.

The National Park Service will be heading up this project but have asked The Nature Conservancy if we could help provide volunteers to collect seeds 3-4 separate times. Seed collecting would take place in the months of June, July and October. The exact dates have not been set. The volunteer workdays will be scheduled during the week.

The Park Service will provide someone to help train and lead this volunteer effort. One-time and ongoing volunteers are welcome. Seed collecting provides an opportunity to learn about the prairie’s rich history and how to identify many of the plants while contributing to the completion of the Visitors Center. Volunteers must be 16 years or older or be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Ruth Palmer will be the contact person for The Nature Conservancy so please contact her at 785-233-4400 or if you are interested in volunteering or would like more information.

Volunteers will be required to wear appropriate attire to work in an outdoor setting in sometimes hot weather conditions and very little shade.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located two miles north of Strong City.

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