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.**


Volunteers are needed for the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP). IMMP is a volunteer citizen science program that provides information on habitat, eggs, larva, and adult monarch surveys, as well as tracking fun things like parasitism and monarch survival by raising larva in captivity. This is a national program, with volunteers all over the United States. We need dedicated volunteers to make this program successful and would love for you to become involved in this research with us! Contact Frances Owen at fowen@co.johnson.ia.usor call 319-645- 1011 to learn more.

Volunteers are needed to staff the Conservation Education Center(CEC) at FW Kent Park on weekend afternoons.  There is no minimum number of days a host must serve.  Hosts make it possible for visitors to explore the educational exhibits inside the CEC.  They provide visitors with maps, brochures and newletters, and answer questions about the park and the flora and fauna (when possible).  This position is ideal for folks who enjoy socializing with others and sharing an enthusiasm for nature. To volunteer, or for more information, phone 319 645-1011 or email kmorrow@co.jonson.ia.us

FW Kent Park needs volunteers to plant native aquatic plants in their newly renovated lake. Contact bfreidhof@co.johnson.ia.usto get on his email list for notification of these pop up planting events (the conditions for planting have to be just right so they cannot schedule planting days far in advance).


Thu, Aug 1, 6:30pmBuild a Bat House(Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park)
Come learn about and get involved in bat conservation! Participants will learn a bit about Iowa bats and construct a single chamber bat house for their own house or property. There is a $10 fee for materials for this program. Registration required; to register, call 319- 645-1011 or email inaturalist1@co.johnson.ia.us. Note:although this might be counted as Advanced Training, if you make a bat house and install it, this could alternatively count toward your volunteer hours.

Aug 19-23 Volunteers are needed to help the DNR survey mussels in the Wapsipinicon River near Central City.  Come for one day or several. No experience necessary.  For more information, or to get on the email notification list, contact Scott Gritters Scott.gritters@dnr.iowa.gov

 Sun, Aug 25, 10am-Noon. IMN needs volunteers tohelp staff the IMN table at Monarch Fest. This event will be held at the Iowa City Municipal Airportin conjunction with the Iowa City Noon Optimist Club’s Annual Pancake Breakfast. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our beloved Monarch butterflies, learn about local conservation initiatives and hang out with other IMN volunteers. Also there will be pancakes. To volunteer, email Elisabeth info@iowamasternaturalists.org

Thu, July 11,9am-NoonHeritage Valley Seed Harvest 2019(Heritage Valley, Waukon)
You’re invited to Heritage Valley, a 1,200-acre nature area near Decorah, for a summer prairie seed harvest! Together, we’ll hand harvest native seed from Heritage Valley’s hillside prairies. Seed collected will used to diversify and expand the prairie. We’ll kick the day off with coffee, conversation and a bit of background about Heritage Valley. More info here.


Sat, Sep 14 7:30 AM-3:30 PMIowa River Clean up from Sturgis Ferry Park, Iowa City to Hills Access.  Volunteers of all ages are needed in canoes, kayaks, and on land to help pull tires, trash, and recyclables from this nine-mile stretch of river. A limited number of canoes, paddles, and life jackets are available free of charge. Registration is required by September 8th. To register, visit www.iarvcp.org. For paddling questions, contact Dan Ceynar at 319-321-1755 or ryangracel@gmail.com. For event/registration questions, contact Carol Sweeting at 319-541-2385 or carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org.

Sun, Sep 15, 1pm Monarch Tagging (Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park)
Join JCC to learn about Monarch Butterflies and take part in citizen science! An indoor presentation about monarchs will be followed by outdoor exploration to catch, tag, and release the butterflies as they pass through Kent Park. This is a free event. Pre-registration is requested; to register, email fowen@co.johnson.ia.us.



The Bur Oak Land Trustrelies 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, indefinitely) so that we can make sure you have the highest volunteer impact possible.

Contact Tammy Wright at info@buroaklandtrust.orgor Susan Spears at susan@buroaklandtrust.orgto get started!

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.org To 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 Park in 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: https://www.facebook.com/TNCIowa/app/179000048777433/

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