Regional Plant-Related Event

Hello from Loess Hills Wild Ones. The next official Loess Hills Wild Ones event is 2 p.m. October 15 at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Learn how to collect, store, and prepare various seeds for planting, and participate in a seed exchange. More information is at the end of the list below.

September 26, 5:30-7 p.m.: “4th Tuesdays” – Join Northwest Iowa Group Sierra Club for a guided visit at Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve. The Nature Conservancy’s Assistant Western Iowa Land Steward, Dan Smith, and Loess Hills Project Director, Graham McGaffin, will lead the mobile tour, and may incorporate a few short hikes to view bison and other featured areas. Meet at Broken Kettle Grassland’s TNC office, 24764 Highway 12, at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Dress for the weather and possible short hikes in tall grasses.

October 1, 1-3 p.m.: Celebrate Iowa’s Loess Hills and Heritage Week with a hike at Mount Talbot State Preserve. Join wildflower enthusiast Rich Pope as he leads a walk to find fall prairie bloomers and grasses. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Mount Talbot is on the northeast side of Stone State Park on Talbot Road. Meet at the east entrance of Stone State Park at the horse trailer parking lot on Talbot Road to carpool to Mount Talbot State Preserve.

Pre-registration is appreciated. Contact Dawn Snyder at 712.258.0838 or with questions.

October 15, 2-3:30 p.m.: This Loess Hills Wild Ones program at Western Iowa Tech Community College (Sioux City) will feature information about growing native plants from seed. Rod Tondreau, retired WITCC professor and native plant expert, will show us the campus greenhouse, teach us how to collect, store, and prepare different kinds of seeds for planting, and (weather permitting) lead us on an outdoor walking tour of the campus and its gardens. Participants will learn the pre-treatments necessary for various types of seed, what methods are successful at germinating seeds, and best practices for growing the plants. You can share your pollinator-friendly seed with others, too! Bring the seed already in small packets if you can, but some will also be provided. You do not need to bring seed in order to take some home.

Please consider joining Loess Hills Wild Ones. Your membership is vital to supporting the mission, and gives you access to members only resources. Visit


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