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.**


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!



Every Friday through April 3, 8:30-9:30 a.m. – Project Feeder Watch. Conservation Education Center – Bird Blind, F.W.Kent Park. As a part of Project Feeder Watch through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, JCC will be performing regular counts of the avian species at the Bird Blind feeders in Kent Park. Depending on weather and staff availability, time spent viewing birds may be shortened or canceled. You are invited to join a JCC Naturalist or volunteer during this time to learn about feeder birds, and find out how you can get involved in Project Feeder Watch at Kent Park, or your own backyard! No registration is necessary, but you may email fowen@co.johnson.ia.us or call 319-645-1011 for more information.

Sat Mar 28 9:00AM-Noon IMN Roadside Clean-up Meet at the Amana Post office 4015 G St, Amana, IA 52203 (click HERE for Map).  This multi-class event is a great way to meet other IMN grads and members of the board of directors. 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!   Questions? Email info@iowamasternaturalists.org



Tuesdays in April, starting April 7, 6:00 – 9:00. TreeKeepers Corridor. This four-class series trains volunteers to identify and care for trees. Since each hands-on lesson builds upon the knowledge of the previous session, we ask participants to attend all four classes.  Location: Trees Forever Office, 80 West 8th Avenue, Marion, IA 52302. Registration fee of $30 includes dinner, TreeKeepers handbook and TreeKeepers t-shirt.   Register: http://www.treesforever.org/TreeKeepersCorridorNote: This opportunity counts as AT, but if you use this knowledge to plant trees, you can count the training hours as volunteer hours (but you can’t count the same hours as volunteer and AT)

Fri, April 10, 6:30 – 9:30. Frog and Toad Call Survey Workshop. Starr’s Cave Nature Center, 11627 Starrs Cave Park Rd, Burlington, IA 52601, USA (map). Workshop Requires Pre-registration and has a $5 fee.  Download the registration form at www.iowadnr.gov/vwmp. Participants will learn how to become volunteers for the Iowa Frog and ToadCall Survey.  The workshop is most appropriate for adults. Send questions to vwmp@dnr.iowa.gov. Note: This opportunity counts as AT, but if you use this knowledge take on a survey route, you can count the training hours as volunteer hours (but you can’t count the same hours as volunteer and AT).

Wed, April 22nd, 10:30 a.m.,  Join Trees Forever TreeKeepers and other volunteers for a planting of approximately 26 trees to Celebrate 50 years of Earth Day! Meeting location: Corner of Southland St SW and 29th Ave SW Cedar Rapids. This is the first part of a 50 tree planting to celebrate the 50 years of Earth Day. We’ll have a tree planting demonstration as group, and then split off into groups to plant trees along Southland St SW and 26th Ave SW. Afterwards, we will go to an appreciation meal at Groundswell Cafe. Join us again at 3:30 p.m. to complete the 50 tree planting! This area doesn’t have many trees, and this planting will help make the area greener for generations to come. Please help our staff by registering . Walk-in volunteers are also welcome.



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!


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. Email Jason if you’d like to join in!


Citizen Science Water Monitoring. Volunteers are needed to participate 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 Hills is 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 Trust needs 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.us or 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:




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