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Annual Prairie Seed Harvest at Kent Park Nov. 4

OXFORD– Play a role in expanding the native prairie areas throughout Johnson County. Each fall, Johnson County Conservation staff members collect prairie seed from county properties. The seed is then used to plant new county areas to prairie. Volunteers from the public are welcome to take part in this rewarding conservation process by attending the Annual Prairie Seed Harvest on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at F.W. Kent Park.
All volunteers, including individuals, groups, and families with young children are welcome to attend. No prior experience or pre-registration is necessary. Participants should wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, work gloves, and close-toed shoes and should pack water and snacks. The Seed Harvest will begin with an educational component at the Knight Prairie Pavilion located in the western portion of the park.
Volunteers are encouraged to make a day out of this event. Multiple picnic areas can be found throughout the park, along with several miles of hiking trails. In addition, an educational family program about beekeeping will be held following the seed harvest in the Conservation Education Center. The program will run 1-2 p.m. To register and learn more about the beekeeping event, call the Conservation Education Center at 319-645-1011.
Johnson County Conservation manages nearly 2,000 acres of land and outdoor recreation areas throughout the county. Several native prairies, river access areas, small community parks, and the 1,052 acre F.W. Kent Park provide a variety of services in natural resources, recreation, environmental education, and conservation. To learn more about Johnson County Conservation, visit www.johnson-county.com/conservation.