Join the Geauga Park District’s Natural Resource Management Team and Register for Conservation Seed Collection on October 13

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Registration is now open to come learn from Geauga Park District’s Natural Resource Management team about the established meadow at Frohring Meadows, plus help collect native wildflower seed for future meadow establishment and pollinator plantings!

To attend Conservation Seed Collection on Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., please register at Geauga Park District or 440-286-9516.

Local researchers will begin by explaining how vegetation monitoring and research can help track restoration and diversity of meadows. Then you’ll head into the field to help collect seed from native wildflowers and grasses. You may even take home a sampling of seed if you’d like!

“This type of program allows participants to contribute to future meadow establishment within Geauga Park District,” said Land Stewart Joel Firem, who is heading it up. “Attendees will also learn methods of collecting and storing meadow seed themselves.”

This Natural Resource Management team has devoted lots of time and effort the past 10 years to encouraging desirable native meadow vegetation, which is great for nesting songbirds, pollinators like bees and butterflies, and other wildlife. But the benefits are just now finally being realized, said Park Biologist Paul Pira.

He added, “This type of restoration and management takes time, but is worth the effort.”

As a recipient of funding through Geauga Park District’s small research grant program, Cleveland State University graduate student Keri Plevniak has spent the past couple years providing data to help this team manage its natural areas, and will be one of this morning’s featured speakers.

Registration is required to attend this Nature’s Not to Be Missed opportunity, which will be partially wheelchair/stroller accessible, with the collection component being off trail. Please call the number above with questions.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via Geauga Park District, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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