Prairie Seed Collection

Each year, hundreds of volunteers help increase the amount and diversity of seed planted in the more than 1,600 acres of restored prairie managed by Three Rivers Park District. 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 helping to restore park land to native prairies. Find a seed collecting event to participate in.

Volunteers collect seeds from August through October. Each season, over 65 different species are collected totaling at least 200 pounds of seed annually. With only fragments of Minnesota’s prairie remaining (less than 2%), these volunteers are critical to maintaining and adding new restoration sites to Three Rivers Park District.

Prairie Restoration (Natural Resources Management)


Training and collection bags are provided at the start of each session. The minimum age for participation is 12. Youth must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult/8 youth 12-14 years). A permission form is needed for all participation by minors.

Groups of 10 or more may inquire about arranging a special collection date:

Volunteer permission form
Seed collection information packet

General volunteer information:, 763.559.6706.

Registration is required

Choose a collection date(s) and register online. All volunteers, please check the hotline at 763.694.7849 on the day of the collection for any last minute changes or cancellations.