Seed Collection

95 mins・7 lessons・English
A beginner-level course that provides all the basic knowledge and skills needed to begin collecting seeds for restoration projects.

This is the first course in our Seed Conservation series.
Cost:  Free
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This course introduces new learners to core principles of seed collection and best practices for collecting native seeds from the wild. Topics include:

  • Planning & preparation
  • Decision-making in the field
  • Data collection
  • Methods for collecting seeds
  • Handling seeds after collection

You'll gain the basic knowledge and skills needed to collect different types of seeds and fruits while maximizing the genetic diversity, viability, and quality of your collections. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to start collecting seeds to support your reforestation projects.

Who this course is for

  • Forestry & restoration professionals
  • Forestry & restoration students
  • Land stewards who want to collect seeds
  • People who are new to seed collecting

What you'll learn

  • Principles of seed collection
  • Best practices for sustainable harvest
  • Basic seed collection tools & protocols
  • How to collect seeds and maximize quality to support restoration projects


Course Lessons

Meet the Instructor

Marian Chau
Head of Restoration Ecology for Terraformation. Seed, ecology, and biodiversity scientist. Founder of IUCN Seed Conservation Specialist Group. Botany PhD. He haumana mau loa o ka ʻāina.