County-Wide Natural Resources - 9.10: Native Seed Gathering in Hampton/Randolph

General Description

Dakota County Land Conservation along with Dakota County Park staff will host a natural resource event collecting native seeds on private easement land. Join us to collect seed you can take home and plant next spring. We will be focusing on native plant seed collections for this project. The plants are not necessarily eco-types for this region, but are native to native prairies in Dakota County.


Feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks to share if you would like. After the collection event, for those up for a short climb, there will be a brief tour of a recently restored prairie and a scenic overlook of the Cannon River Valley (pictured).



26050 Emery Avenue

Randolph, MN  55065


Location Note: Access to the location is by private driveway exiting east bound from Highway 56/Emery Avenue, approximately two miles south of Hampton. Prairie where event will take place is off to the right of the private driveway. 



September 10

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Duties & Responsibilities

Volunteers will work in the field to collect seed into bags. Certain species will be targeted.  Seed can be stripped by hand from many species during the event.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Able to attend the full event
  • Must be able to walk on uneven terrain and stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be OK with getting a little dirty and being outside in nature
  • Ages 12 and over  is recommended (Must be 16 years old or older to volunteer without an adult)


Minimum Time Commitment

2 - 2.5 hours 


Activity Level

Moderate - To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces.  There may be a limited number of steps, a minimal amount of uneven surfaces, and some standing for extended periods of time. Comfortable shoes recommended.


Required Training

Project specific training will be provided by Dakota County staff prior to the event.


Contact Information

Mike Lynn | Environmental Specialist

Environmental Resources Department

14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, MN 55124


Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes