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March 15 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Volunteer to plant native prairie plants!

  • WHAT: We need volunteers to help us plant Kindcaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus) at Bald Hill Farm near Philomath, Oregon.

Kincaid’s lupine is a threatened species and is the main host plant for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi).  Populations of both species declined due to habitat loss and competition from invasive plant species. IAE is restoring butterfly habitat at multiple sites in the Willamette Valley, with help from landowners and agencies, and funding from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. We are teaming up with Greenbelt Land Trust at Bald Hill Farm. Come do your bit to help these rare species as we plant 2000 lupine plugs.


  • WEAR: The weather could be cold and wet and the ground may be muddy, so bring warm layers, waterproof raincoat, rain pants and boots. Bring a sun hat just in case. Gardening gloves are useful – we will have extras available.
  • BRING: snacks and lunch, water bottle.
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Walking on uneven gently sloping ground for up to 15 minutes to the planting site. Lifting and carrying 25lb plant trays is a possibility. Kneeling and bending over for extended periods should be expected while planting. Planting instructions will be provided – we will be using dibbles to create holes for planting the plugs.
  • AMENITIES: There are no restroom facilities.
  • COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS: Due to the current surge in Covid-19 in our community, and for the health and safety of attendees and staff, we are requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated. Greenbelt events require proof of vaccination before registration is complete.