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Seasons of the Prairies
Spring and summer are the most popular to visit the prairies, but the prairies are special year-round!

Prairie Appreciation Day
Come out on the second Saturday in May for a free public festival celebrating prairies.

South Sound Fires
Prescribed fires are conducted yearly on the South Sound prairies. These efforts are summarized in a yearly fire report that provides a great overview of fires and associated training and safety efforts. View the 2018 report here.

Prescribed Fire Council
A Washington Prescribed Fire Council has formed, with partners from the Center for Natural Lands Management and South Sound prairies as an integral part of the Council. Learn more about Prescribed Fire Councils.

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To volunteer with us you must complete a volunteer release form. On the second page you will see an optional  photograph release form that we would like you to complete so we can use any pictures we take of you to promote our volunteer program and show people all the good work that our volunteers are doing. If you are under 18 years old please have your parent or legal guardian complete the forms. Thanks!

2019 Wild Seed Collection Blog


Join the friendly volunteers who help the Center for Natural Lands Management restore remnants of our rare and beautiful prairie landscape and learn about our natural heritage in the process. New faces are always welcome! Work parties are scheduled year-round every Tuesday and every second Saturday of each month. For more information or to sign up, please email us at

A network of citizens, landowners, conservation groups and public agencies is working together to safeguard and restore the South Sound prairies. As a volunteer, you can:

  • help remove invasive species
  • establish native plants
  • provide nesting sites for prairie birds
  • be a nursery steward
  • help with graphic design and editing of outreach materials
  • write website/media articles

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

Every Tuesday
Every Tuesday volunteers meet with staff from the Center for Natural Lands Management to conduct restoration work on one of the prairies in the South Sound. Each week on the prairies brings a new restoration activity. These days begin at 9am and end at 3pm. Please join us! For more information, contact us at 

Second Saturday Lecture and Work Party
Work parties and a prairie-themed lecture are held every second Saturday of each month. Topics range from land management, restoration, wildfires and more. This is a great opportunity to learn something new, and volunteer to help with restoration activities the very same day! These events run from 10am to 3pm. Contact us at

Schools and Groups
Restoration work is also a great team building activity! Bring your school or civic group out to the prairies and enjoy the outdoors together while you improve the environment.



2019 Nursery Open House

The Center for Natural Lands Management would like to invite you to come visit the native seed farm at the peak of the spring bloom, during Prairie Appreciation Day on May 11, 2019.  Bring your camera, sun hat and water and we will walk the 10 acres of blooming fields, discuss the evolution of the program, look at tools and equipment and discuss whatever aspects of native seeds you are interested in.  After the farm we will head over to the nursery and seed processing center where we can see propagation greenhouses, small-scale seed increase and seed curing,cleaning and storage.

Puget balsamroot blooming at Violet Prairie Farm (S. Smith, 2018)

Prairie Appreciation Day
Prairie Appreciation Day at Glacial Heritage Preserve and Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve happens only once a year. In addition, CNLM will be opening Shotwell's Landing Nursery and Violet Prairie Seed Farm for tours and informational sessions. Please visit their website to find out how you can participate or attend!