Volunteer

**Please check the event pages listed and/or the listed contact person in case of any schedule changes or cancellations.**

We sometimes add events mid-month.  To link to a rolling google document with the most complete list of events, click here

FEBRUARY:
Sat, Feb 2, 9am-Noon Barberry Buster (Faulkes Woods, Marion)
Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Marion Parks & Recreation and Trees Forever for a winter walk and workday in the woods.
We’ll kick the day off with a guided walk through the Faulkes Heritage Woods, a 100-acre woodland winding along Indian Creek. After, we’ll work together to clear Japanese barberry – an invasive species – to help native plants thrive. We’ll head to QDogs BBQ after the event to grab a bite and toast to a morning well-spent. More info and RSVP here.

Fri, Feb 15-Mon, Feb 18, time and place flexible.  The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages and levels in counting birds to create a real-time snap shot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event (Feb. 15 – 18, 2019).  To learn more or to report your sightings go online at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/

Beginning in early April  Would you like to be a bluebird trail monitor or a purple martin colony landlord? The Johnson County Songbird Project is looking for volunteers to work at existing and new trails/colonies in 2019 (especially in Coralville and Iowa City).  It usually takes an hour or two each week, from the middle of April to about the middle of August. A great way to get some exercise, see birds up close, and have fun. We’ll train you and show you everything you need to know – and back you up when you’re on vacation or not feeling well.  Call Jim Walters at: 319-466-1134 or email jcmwalt@infionline.net

 

Sat, April 20 (several time slots available) Volunteers are needed to work in groups of two or three to help staff the IMN table at ECO Fest at the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids.  This is a great way to meet other IMN folks and to interact with the public as you spread the word about IMN programing.  To volunteer, or more information, contact Elisabeth at info@iowamasternaturalists.org

 

Starting June 1 through summer 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

 

Sat Jun 8, (time varies depending on task).  Volunteers are needed to help with the Great Iowa River Race.  This race is a multi-agency effort to raise funds for support for the Environmental Education Department of Johnson County Conservation Board.  This department provides thousands of children and adults with free year-round nature programing. Volunteers are needed to staff the check-in table, help with kayak and canoe rental distribution, serve as race photographers, compost educators at lunch.  Some skilled paddlers are required to serve as sweeps. To volunteer phone 319 645 1011 or email kmorrow@co.johnson.ia.us or fowen@co.johnson.ia.us

 

 

ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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, indefinitely) so that we can make sure you have the highest volunteer impact possible.

Contact Tammy Wright at info@buroaklandtrust.org or Susan Spears at susan@buroaklandtrust.org to 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. 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) or click 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

 

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

 

Hawkeye Wildlife Rehabilitators Various projects.  For more information, contact Jean at 319 646 6028 or (319) 848-7463

 

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

 

Swan Watch a citizen science site to record your trumpeter swan sightings http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/csp-trumpeter-watch.html

The parks in Linn and Johnson counties depend on volunteers to provide a high quality experience to their visitors.  Depending on the season, volunteers

may be needed to help with:

  • Providing educational programing
  • Trail maintenance or land stewardship
  • Greeting visitors/answering questions/ staffing a gift shop
  • Animal care
  • Office work
  • Special events

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: https://www.facebook.com/TNCIowa/app/179000048777433/

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/iowa/events/index.htm

 

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