Homestead National Monument Invites Visitors to Annual Prairie Seed Harvest

Saturday, November 02 2013 13:04   Festivals
Celebrate fall at Homestead National Monument of America at Beatrice, Nebraska on Nov. 9, 2013, by helping the monument harvest prairie seed and learn about the diversity of the tallgrass prairie.

Starting at 1 p.m., visitors are asked to come to the Education Center to help gather prairie grass seeds. The locally collected native prairie seed will be used in maintenance and restoration projects. The harvest will begin with a short orientation at the Education Center where visitors will learn about the species that are to be collected.

seed_harvest1"The crisp air and the changing colors make fall a great time to visit Homestead National Monument of America," said Park Superintendent Mark Engler. "Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that your National Park Service site offers through special programs and opportunities to volunteer."

The seed collection is scheduled to last until about 3 p.m. All ages are welcome, and long pants and long sleeve shirts are suggested along with sturdy shoes, as visitors will be walking through the prairie.

If there is the possibility of rain or snow in the forecast for Nov. 9, Engler suggested visitors call the monument at (402) 223-3514 to see if the program has been cancelled.

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska or just 45 miles south of Lincoln, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, call (402) 223-3514 or visit .


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