National Planting Day is quickly approaching! This nature-inspired holiday encourages the public to come together to help rebuild the community’s local ecosystem and enhance its biodiversity. To celebrate National Planting Day on Saturday, September 8th, nature lovers can join stewardship programs at the Native Seed Farm and Native Plant Nursery in Irvine. Volunteers will contribute to restoring Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks while connecting with their natural surroundings.
Volunteers are key to the operation and success of the Native Seed Farm. From planting seeds and helping the plants grow to harvesting and preparing the seeds for planting across the Landmarks, volunteers are a part of every step of the restoration process. Every Wednesday and Saturday volunteers ages eight and above can head to the Native Seed Farm to roll up their sleeves and give back to nature. During the upcoming “It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm” programs on Wednesday, September 12 and Saturday, September 15 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., visitors can get a behind-the-scenes experience at the Farm while harvesting native seed that will directly impact plant and wildlife populations on the Landmarks.
Visitors can also help restore native habitat and honor National Planting Day on Thursday, September 13 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. during the Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill (Waterworks Trail Project) activity. During the program, volunteers can visit the Community Stewardship Native Plant Nursery located at the Quail Hill Trailhead in the City of Irvine. Nature lovers ages six and above can help plant seeds, water plants, weed invasive species, and potentially work with cacti.
Native seeds have a direct impact on Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks’ biodiversity and are vital to the health of native wildlife. Celebrate National Planting Day and sign up for a program at the Native Seed Farm or Native Plant Nursery throughout the year. All stewardship programs are free with required pre-registration. No experience is required and all training and tools are provided by highly trained Conservancy staff and volunteers. All minors are required to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Click the titles above to read more about and register for each program, as age restrictions vary by activity. For more details, visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities.