Olmsted 200 Seed Collection Events

Our Olmsted 200 Seed Hunts will typically take place on the third Sunday of the month at noon in May, June, August, and September. We will also be hosting a special seed collection event in October which will include a tree planting in honor of long-time volunteer, Mark Ross. These events, which will each kick-off from different areas in Riverside, will ensure that the seeds collected represent Riverside’s full seasonal species diversity.

Sunny skies and 70 degree weather graced our first Olmsted 200 Seed Hunt, which took place May 16 near Scout Cabin. About 20 people hailing from Riverside, Oak Park, and Chicago came out to explore and meet guest nature guide Ana Garcia-Doyle of the One Earth Collective. Ana captivated us all by articulating the connections between Olmsted’s design principles, the mission of One Earth, and what it means to plant a seed. She graciously agreed to allow us to share excerpts of her remarks here. [Link to – On Olmsted and One Earth]

Our next Seed Hunt, June 20, is family-focused for Father’s Day. Our guest nature guide Susan Lisle is both an experienced early childhood educator and a whimsical embroidery artist. We’ll kick off with a seed-themed story in the Library reading circle at noon and go exploring from there!

Though free of charge, advance registration is required so we know how to staff. Please RSVP here:
Olmsted 200 Sign Up Genius

The seeds you collect may be incorporated into a sizeable, museum-quality, Olmsted 200 Botanical Box, to be gifted to the Riverside Public Library to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth in 2022. Smaller versions of the Olmsted 200 Botanical Box may be commissioned through The Seed, at 38 East Avenue in Riverside, or the artist’s website, www.shilinhora.com as part of our Olmsted 200 fundraising efforts. They make incredibly meaningful gifts for those who love Riverside and all of its natural beauty.