Olmsted 200 Seed Collection Events

Our Olmsted 200 Seed Collection Events 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.

The first of our family-friendly events is Sunday, May 16. It will be led by botanical artist Shilin Hora and guest nature guide Ana Garcia-Doyle, Founding Member and Director of the One Earth Film Festival. We’ll meet at Riverside’s Scout Cabin at noon for orientation and embark from there. Upon completion, each participant will receive a botanical bookmark featuring illustrations of seeds that can be found that month in Riverside. Collect the bookmarks from at least three Seed Collection Events this year to win a special botanical prize!

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.