On a beautiful September evening thirty volunteers walk through a native prairie in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Dakota County. A constant clattering can be heard as they walk, the noise comes from the rattle box seedpods; the very seeds the volunteers are collecting. The collected seeds will be planted in an adjacent prairie this coming spring.
This event was one of many events attended by Conservation Minnesota’s South Metro Community Coordinator, Avery Hildebrand. For over a year, Avery has been working with Dakota County Parks to improve turnout for their many volunteer events and getting to know the dedicated staff and existing volunteers.
As Avery worked with Dakota County, the idea of a formal Community Partnership emerged.
Forming meaningful partnerships is a part of our work at Conservation Minnesota. Working together ensures that Minnesota’s Great Outdoors are preserved and accessible for future generations. The partnership with Dakota County Parks, which became official in February, will do just that.
Moving forward, we will work together on prairie restoration, combating invasive species, fun family events, and much more. This spring we will share and provide volunteer opportunities at Lebanon Hills Regional Park and Dakota County’s newest edition, Whitetail Woods Regional Park.
As our team makes more and more local connections, our list of partners is bound to grow. For now, Avery hopes you’ll join him at one of his upcoming Dakota County Park events.
Learn more about Conservation Minnesota’s Community and Corporate Partnerships at www.conservationminnesota.org/partnerships.