Adult Opportunities

Saving Seed from Native Plants

Harvest, store, and plant seeds from native plants.

Content Detail

Learn how to save seeds from native edible and medicinal plants during this hands-on workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Begin by exploring the ways that seed saving sustains cultural and historical connections to the past and to the land with instructor Gina Roxas, citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Your instructor will demonstrate how to use traditional seed saving practices to harvest seeds from native plants. Learn how to collect seeds at your own site, store them over the winter, and plant them in the spring.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Gina Roxas, executive director, Trickster Cultural Center

Age: 16 and older

Course number: H220


Gina Roxas, executive director, Trickster Cultural Center

Gina Roxas is the executive director for Trickster Cultural Center, a nonprofit Native American and community arts center in Schaumburg, where she also manages the native medicinal garden.

As a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Roxas has studied the environment through a multifaceted lens of traditional teachings from her grandmother and family elders as well as the humanities and science. Her interests are ethnobotany, urban agriculture, and gardening.

What to Know

This program meets outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Materials for taking notes in the field are recommended; a hand lens may come in handy if you have one available.

Program Schedule

Tuesday, September 10, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Prairie Visitor Station (Parking Lot 25), West Side


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