Help needed with fall seed collection! And Gallagher Creek Park workday this Saturday…

Two volunteer opportunities are scheduled for the next few weeks. First, we will have a volunteer workday this Saturday at Gallagher Creek Park. See details below. Second, we’re busy collecting collecting seeds and need your help!

Seed Collecting

Join stewardship staff to collect native plant seeds! These opportunities will be during normal business hours Monday to Friday. Exact timing will depend on your availability and staff availability. If you’d like to help, contact Ben VanderWeide to schedule a time (click here to see contact information). We collect seeds in many of the high quality natural areas, so you’ll probably get to see some new places in our parks!

The primary function of fruits is the help seed dispersal. For example, wild lupine fruits (top right) throw the seeds away from the parent plant, while the pappus (fluff) of joe-pye weed (bottom left)  helps with wind dispersal.
The primary function of fruits is to disperse the seed. For example, wild lupine fruits (top right) throw the seeds away from the parent plant, while the pappus (fluff) of joe-pye weed (bottom left) helps with wind dispersal. Top left – black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta). Bottom right – yellow coneflower (Ratibida pinnata).
We've been busy collecting seeds, but we need your help! These seeds will be used to restore disturbed areas and revegetate areas that used to be covered with invasive plant species.
We’ve been busy collecting seeds, but we need your help! These seeds will be used to restore disturbed areas and revegetate areas that used to be covered with invasive plant species. We need to fill as many paper bags as possible!

Gallagher Creek Park Workday

  • When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9 am – noon. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.
  • Who: Anyone! This event is free, with no experience necessary. We’ll train you to do the work.
  • Why: Why not? We will be remove non-native invasive shrubs and preparing an area for planting native plants. Come out on Saturday to enjoy beautiful areas and hang out with great people! And food after we finish working!
  • What: Bring water and gloves, and wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. We’ll have extra gloves if you can’t bring your own.

We’ll provide water and light snacks. You will need to sign a release form before we begin working. Families are encouraged to attend! All minors will need permission from a parent or guardian to participate, and minors under 14 will need to have a parent or guardian present. We will have lots of fun, so plan to come and share this opportunity with others! The schedule of upcoming workdays can be found at the Volunteer Calendar.

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About Ben VanderWeide

I am the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in southeast Michigan. I have a doctorate in biology (focused on plant ecology) and I am passionate about protecting and managing natural areas.

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