Spring Ephemeral Hike N' Harvest - Jester Park

Join us for a seed harvesting event focused on early spring ephemeral wildflowers in our woodlands. Spring ephemerals are perennial woodland wildflowers which inhabit a short yet dazzling window of time in our forested areas, blooming and setting seed after the snow melts. Join PCC staff and fellow volunteers as we contribute efforts towards the protection and expansion of spring ephemeral species in our woodlands by collecting seed ready to harvest from these early blooming and short-lived spring plants. Seed harvest is an effective way to diversify local plant genetics and expand the spring ephemeral plant community across the Polk County Conservation parks system. Volunteers will get the opportunity to sharpen their plant identification skills through an educational hike through the forest, learn about the significance of this habitat, and enjoy a day lending a helping hand in a beautiful county park. *We are excited to offer this new volunteer opportunity. As we explore the world of harvesting spring ephemeral seed, please note that this is a learning experience for our staff. If we find that seed is not ready to harvest or that we have already reached the threshold of a sustainable harvest, we will shift from our plant identification hike into invasive plant species removal for a rewarding day of conservation in our woodlands. Upcoming Dates: Tuesday, April 23rd @ 10am to 3pm with a lunch break from 12pm to 1pm *Please note, lunch is NOT provided at this event.

Jester Park Lodge 11121 NW Jester Park Dr Granger, Iowa 50109

- Learn to identify native Iowa ephemeral species - Harvest sustainable quantities of available species - Remove invasive species including honeysuckle, buckthorn, Asiatic bittersweet, and others to aid in the reestablishment of native trees, grasses, sedges, and wild flowers. -Promote the growth of native vegetation to improve wildlife habitat, biodiversity, water quality, and overall health of the woodland ecosystem.

For questions please contact: Conservationvolunte..@polkcountyiowa.gov For day of event questions please contact our volunteer coordinators: Julie Perreault | 515-323-5351 Melissa Dempsey | 515-323-5396 Polk County Conservation strives to host inclusive, accessible events and meetings that enable all individuals to participate. If you anticipate needing a modification due to a disability or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at 515-323-5300 or pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov.

All ages welcome. No experience necessary. - Each event participant will be provided proper personal protective equipment and training as needed. What to Bring: It is recommended to dress for the weather. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a pair of gloves, if you have them - gloves provided for those without. In an effort to promote sustainability at this event, please bring a refillable water bottle.

By registering for this event, I acknowledge I am filling an open position. In the event that I and/or members of my group are unable to attend, I will cancel my registration to allow for others to join this event.

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