The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is offering prairie seed collecting hikes at the City Community Prairie led by Jerri Osenga. 
The first hike is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 28, beginning at the Butterfly Garden. (Directions to the City Community Prairie are: turn west off of College Drive onto 5th Avenue, then left onto Ohio Street to dike, then over the dike to the prairie.)
Seeds expected to be ripe for harvesting include: side oats grama grass, Canada wild rye grass, white prairie clover, lead plant, flowering spurge and golden alexander. Future hikes will be posted at
For more information, call Jerri Osenga at (563) 277-1064.