September 16, 1 – 4 pm
Sand Creek Preserve

Although we hear so much about tree color at this time of year, fall is a gorgeous time to be out in grasslands, too!

The goldenrods and asters are still going strong, gracing us with their plentiful yellow and purple blooms, and the tawny russet of the prairie grasses tell us that their seed is ripe for collecting. And that is just what we will do on this Saturday workday: harvest wildflower and prairie grass seed. Walk with us through the prairie and learn about the diversity of plants that grow there while collecting their seed (kind of like “U-pick”). This is also a great opportunity to see this lovely limited-access preserve that is not normally open to the public. The bags of seeds we collect on the workday will later be cleaned, saved, and sown on other SWMLC preserves where we are working on habitat restoration and increasing plant diversity.

This is a family-friendly workday!

RSVP’s are always nice: just shoot a quick email to lettow@swmlc.org to let us know you’re coming!

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 1 – 4 pm.

WHERE: Sand Creek Preserve, Alamo Twp., Kalamazoo Co.

BRING: Work-wear (sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate, grubby work clothes that will protect you from scratchy dry plants) and gloves. Bring pruners if you have them, as they can be helpful for clipping seed heads. SWMLC will provide the other tools, plus snacks and water.

DIRECTIONS: Sand Creek Preserve is west of Kalamazoo and just a few miles north of M-43. The preserve donors have volunteered the use of their driveway for parking at 6450 North 2nd Avenue. Travel west on M-43/West Main St. from Kalamazoo, turn right (north) onto North 2nd Street. There’s a slight jog at G Ave., but just keep going north on 2nd St. The driveway will be on the right; look for the workday sign. If you come to EF Ave. on the left, you’ve gone too far.

Anyone is welcome to pitch in to help keep our preserves up to snuff. It’s a wonderful way to experience the preserves with the folks who know them best, plus get acquainted with other active people who share the conservation spirit.

SWMLC Saturday Workdays in the Preserves . . . show us your muscles!