Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve- Seed bombs
The mission of Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation is to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed for conservation, education, research, and recreation consistent with good stewardship.
Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation maintains 142 acres on the border of Portsmouth and Suffolk. We work with local schools to provide hands-on learning opportunities with projects like oyster farming. We also offer research opportunities to University students such as ODU’s tick study and CNU’s marsh habitat research. Our trails are open to the public 6 days a week for hiking, and kayak rentals are available in the spring and summer. Throughout the year, we host various programs for students and the public centered around wildlife, the environment, and conservation. Learn more at hofflercreek.org.
How will this project make an impact?
These seed bombs will be tossed within the Preserve and sent home with visitors to grow native wildflowers that will attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators in the years to come.
- 3 cups of clay/ kitty litter
- 5 cups of peat-free compost
- 1 cup of seeds
- 2-3 cups of water (this is an estimate)
- large bowl for mixing
- baking sheet or another large surface for drying
- Combine the clay/kitty litter, compost, and seeds in a large bowl.
- Slowly add water (½ to 1 cup at a time) until the mixture sticks together. You don’t want it to be too wet or the bombs will not hold their shape!
- Once you reach the right consistency, start shaping the seed bombs into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
- Allow the bombs to harden on a baking sheet or another surface in a cool, dry place. This may take a day or 2 for them to completely dry.
- After they dry completely, store them in a cool, dry place until they can be delivered to the Preserve.
When: Tuesday-Sunday (except for Thanksgiving)
Where: 4510 Twin Pines Rd., Portsmouth, VA
Contact: Heather Key 757-724-4923