Olmsted 200 Seed Collection Events

Our Olmsted 200 Seed Hunts will typically take place on the third Sunday of the month at noon. We will also host a special Saturday Seed Hunt in October which will include a tree planting in honor of long-time volunteer, Mark Ross. Each Seed Hunt meets at a different area in Riverside to ensure that the seeds reflect Riverside’s full native species diversity. Each also features a guest nature guide who is a local celebrity in his or her environmental discipline.

Our September 19 Seed Hunt features Scott Stewart, Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation. Dr. Stewart is deeply passionate about the value and role of public space. His goal is to create free, open, and culturally representative spaces for people in public places of artistic and architectural significance. He has worked with Lurie Garden, the Park District of Oak Park, Morton College, Kankakee College, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He has published extensively on topics ranging from the evolving roles of public parks to rare plant species propagation and conservation.

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.