Seed collection at Vermillion River Linear Park
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Join us for an evening of collecting and distributing native seed at Vermillion River Linear Park, a beautiful 60-acre park in the heart of Hastings and part of a corridor of green space that runs through the city. This park flanks the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi, recognized for trophy brown trout.
After a brief introduction and training, volunteers will collect seeds from important, habitat-creating plants. Then, we'll distribute the seeds in areas where invasive species have recently been removed, and areas that need more native cover. Spreading these seeds now means a healthy, diverse array of plants ready to grow next spring.
All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration is required. All supplies and training will be provided and volunteers will work closely with FMR staff. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, engaging Vermillion River Watershed residents to learn about the local watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources.
Volunteers will be working on level ground but uneven terrain. Some areas of the worksite can be accessed by paved trails. Collecting and spreading seed are both lower-intensity activities that can be done at your own pace.
Ready to register?
To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at email@example.com, 651-222-2193 x27. Please include the name of the event, your name, address, phone number and the number in your party. We ask that you limit groups to 4 or fewer.
You will receive a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your Spam or Promotions folder.)
If you're under 18 and interested in volunteering without the company of your parent or guardian, please take a moment and have them fill out this brief minor permission form.
Can't make it?
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What about COVID-19?
We're watching the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines closely. If plans change based on their recommendations, FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey will email registrants with event updates. (Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts so updates don't land in spam.) And we'll update this page if anything changes. (You can read more about our policies here.)
We will offer gloves and hand sanitizer at the event. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own masks and wear them when in close proximity to others.