Time To Collect Milkweed Seeds

The DNR is asking nature lovers and landowners in Wood, Portage, Adams, Juneau, Waushara and Marquette counties to collect wild common milkweed seedpods this September to help grow habitat for native pollinators on state lands.

Volunteers are encouraged to harvest mature wild common milkweed seedpods from their property or neighbors’ fallow fields (with the property owner’s permission) through Sept. 30 and drop them off at DNR CWD sample collection sites in Adams, Necedah and Wisconsin Rapids.

The DNR will use collected seeds as part of a monarch habitat restoration project across several State Natural Areas in the Central Sands region.

See illustrated instructions for collecting and delivering the seedpods: https://widnr.widen.net/s/p5tt5hf7l7/milkweed-harvest-21_d2

Drop off sites: 

  • Adams County: Friendship Ranger Station, 532. N. Main St., Adams, WI
  • Juneau County: Necedah Ranger Station, 400 Birch St., Necedah, WI
  • Wood County: DNR Wisconsin Rapids Service Center, 473 Griffith Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Efforts help monarchs and other pollinators vital for sustaining Wisconsin’s native ecosystems, many food crops and the treasured sight of monarchs flying in summer skies.