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.**

Many Dates/Times Indian Creek Nature Center (just southeast of Cedar Rapids) is looking for folks who can use a chainsaw to help with ongoing derecho clean up.  You would be working with ICNC staff.  Many dates available.  To sign up, go to: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/877956644061/false#/invitation

 Sat, Feb 5, 11:00AM-1:00PM Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) Ice Fishing Event at Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty volunteers are needed for the following:

  •    Set up – 4 people – 10AM -10:45AM
  •    Registration – 2 People 10:45AM – 12:30PM
  •    Food Station  2 people –  10:30AM – 12:30PM
  •    Photography and Social Media Post – 1 person (for a least an hour during the event)
  •    Clean Up 4 People  12:45PM – 1:30PM
  •     Runners/Walkers, Wanderers, Assistance with Activities –   10:45AM-1:00PM   (Run errands, Pass out handouts,  – BE A MENTOR to kids/parents. Help with ID, Talk and hang out with the group)

To get involved, contact Judy judy@takeakidoutdoors.org or Click HERE! for more info. (This activity is eligible for volunteer credit.)

Ongoing many scientific institutions are in the process of analyzing data.  Much of this can be done from the comfort of your own home. Sometimes the job is to watch a video and label behavior, sometimes it is to categorize the song or call of a bird or frog, sometimes it is to transcribe a handwritten to a digital form.  Zooniverse is a clearinghouse of such projects.  You can choose from a huge array of research projects and subjects.   Normally, IMN requires volunteer work be done on species occurring in Iowa, but this rule is suspended during the pandemic so if you want to work on projects dealing with whales or tropical butterflies, or burrowing owls, you can count those hours just as you can count work on projects dealing with chipmunks, coyotes, or bluebirds.  Go to https://www.zooniverse.org/projects?discipline=biology&page=1&status=live

Turkeyfoot Folk School may have 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.
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

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: 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