Iowa Master Naturalists – Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

**Please double check event pages and/or with contact listed ahead of time, in case of any schedule changes or cancellations.**

In addition to the list below you can also access a list updated mid month by clicking HERE



Wickiup Hill Nature Learning Center  is looking for Volunteer receptionists at the Nature Learning Schedule especially for Saturday and Sunday Shifts.  Contact volunteer coordinator Chuck Ungs Chuck.Ungs@linncounty.org if you have questions or would like to volunteer,

The Bur Oak Land Trust relies on volunteers to work in their office and would love to hear from you! To ensure we make the most of your donated time, please let us know how often you would like to volunteer (e.g. once, twice, a set number of hours, three-hours-per-week, Susan Spears at susan@buroaklandtrust.org to get started!

Turkeyfoot Folk School has volunteer opportunities in the areas listed below.  If you’d like to volunteer or for more information contact Carolyn Buckingham (IMN grad, Fall 2018) at info@turkeyfootfolkschool.org.  Thank you!!

Website development. We currently have a website, but need help updating it regularly — sending out newsletters to the listserv, posting event registration, creating a website-friendly calendar, etc.

Blog posts/newsletter content.  Along with website development, we welcome content contributions for blog posts and newsletters.  Topics might include conservation, seasonal information about what you might find in the prairies or the woods, simple DIY projects/crafts that involve nature/conservation, poetry, reflections on walks in the woods, etc.  We are also open to other topic ideas!

Volunteer grant writer. We are in need of an experienced grant writer, or someone who is interested in and has the time to learn how to navigate the process.

Helping at tabling events. Contact us for upcoming tabling events.  We oftentimes need assistance running an activity/project at our table. Our most popular activity involves creating plaster of paris animal track casts.

Do you want to teach/instruct a class/workshop?  We are looking for individuals who might want to impart their knowledge of the natural world or a particular skill or ability.  If you’re interested in teaching a one-time class or would like to become a regular instructor, please let us know!



Sun, Nov 3 10:30 – 12:30  Prairie Seed Harvest – The Big Volunteer Push at F.W. Kent Park, Conservation Education Center (2048 Hwy 6 NW Oxford, IA 52322). Each year, JCC pushes to restore more areas to our native tallgrass prairie, and volunteers can play a big role in that project! Hand-harvesting prairie seed is fun, easy, and very rewarding. This project is appropriate for all ages, including families with elementary-aged kids. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, and closed-toe shoes, and bring a water bottle. In the case of rainy weather, the event will likely be cancelled and an update will be posted to the Johnson County Conservation Facebook page. To register, please call 319-645-1011 or email kmorrow@co.johnson.ia.us


Sat Nov 9 8:00 AM-Noon  IMN Roadside Clean-up Meet at the Amana Post office 4015 G St, Amana, IA 52203 (click HERE for Map).  Join other IMN folks for this bi-annual, multi-class event.  The group will spend the morning picking up litter, then gather for lunch at the Millstream Brau Haus.  Trash bags, and safety vests will be provided. You should bring gloves, a “grabber” if you have one, and dress for the weather.  Thanks to IMN Board Member Justin Voss for organizing this event! I will be on a field trip with the current class, but there will be other familiar faces. Questions? Email info@iowamasternaturlists.org


Ongoing opportunities older

Indian Creek Nature Center needs Wednesday Warriors.  These volunteers meet each Wednesday at 1:30pm at Amazing Space to work on light land and maintenance projects such as mulching trails, weeding, seed collecting, etc. EmailJasonif you’d like to join in!

 Citizen Science Water Monitoring. Volunteers are needed toparticipate in a new study that will measure nitrate levels in the Clear Creek and Middle Cedar watersheds. Participants in the project, titled Citizen Science: Water Monitoring, will use a smartphone application to detect nitrate levels using their phone’s camera. For more information contact Chris Jones (christopher-s-jones@uiowa.edu or 319-335-0589) orclick here

Iowa Raptor Project. Various opportunities. Call 319-624-7178 or email shawn-hawks@uiowa.edu

Raptor Advocacy, Rehabilitation, and Education (RARE).  Various opportunities available.  For more information, go to: http://theraregroup.org/you-can-help/volunteer-opportunities

Indian Grass Hillsis a 640 acre prairie restoration project in Iowa county.   Volunteers are needed on a continuing basis to help with invasive plant removal, prairie burns and other projects.  To learn more about this conservation effort go to:indiangrass-hills.orgTo volunteer, email Judy at:jjfigh@mchsi.com

Bur Oak Land Trustneeds nature-savvy citizens to fill vacancies on various committees.  Contact Tammy Wright for more information at info@buroaklandtrust.org

Indian Creek Nature Center: http://indiancreeknaturecenter.org/get-involved/volunteer/


Wickiup Hill Learning Center: http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Linn/Content/Volunteer.aspx

FW Kent Park
: Kristin Morrow kmorrow@co.johnson.ia.usor call 319-866-8284

Rochester Cemetery(a beautiful prairie remnant): pkollasch@gmail.com

Hickory Hill Parkin Iowa City:Friends.HH.Park@gmail.com


Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation:http://www.inhf.org/volunteer/http://www.inhf.org/what-we-do/protection/support-current-projects/

Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO): http://takeakidoutdoors.org/about/tako-rewards/


Trees Forever: http://www.treesforever.org/


Iowa DNR:http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/Volunteer-Opportunities


The Nature Conservancy:



US National Phenology Network. Record your seasonal nature observations into a national public database that students, scientists, reporters, policymakers and others can access.https://www.usanpn.org/node/35


Firefly Watch Monitor fireflies and submit data to a central database https://legacy.mos.org/fire+flywatch