Native Seed Bank

Note: We have halted seed bank withdraws for now due to depleted inventory and the current social distancing protocols. Watch this page for updates likely to take place this fall.

As part of a new initiative to put conservation directly in the hands of local citizens, Prairie Rivers of Iowa will be maintaining a seed bank for native plants.  So far we have 10 species available with plenty of room to grow!  For more information contact our Watershed Coordinator David Stein at or 515-232-0048.

Deposits and withdrawals are very easy to make.  For a deposit, simply fill out a seed deposit form with your personal information, the type and amount of seed you are depositing, and where you collected the seed.  Deposits can either be made in person at the Prairie Rivers office or through the mail.  Making a withdrawal is just as easy.  All you need to do is fill out a withdrawal form with your personal info, the species of seed and amount required, what the seed will be used for and an estimated size of your planting or garden.  Withdrawals can only be made in-person at the Prairie Rivers office.  A suggested donation of either seed or cash is encouraged during withdrawals for seed bank maintenance.

The Process

Form Downloads

Community Seed Bank Withdrawal Form