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

APRIL – ongoing
Beginning in early April  
Would you like to be a bluebird trail monitoror 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

Hickory Hill Park Workdays (Iowa City)
Friends of Hickory Hill Park (FHHP) hosts a number of workdays in the park throughout the year. If you plan to attend a workday, please wear closed-toed shoes, long sleeves, pants, and gloves. Tools are provided. 
Sat, Apr 6
– Honeysuckle –noon– Conklin St entrance
Sun, Apr 7
– Honeysuckle –9am– Conklin St entrance
Sat, Apr 13
– Garlic Mustard – 9am– Bloomington St entrance
Sat, Apr 13
– Honeysuckle – noon– Conklin St entrance
            Sun, Apr 14 – Honeysuckle – 9am– Conklin St entrance
Sat, Apr 20
– Garlic Mustard – 9am– Bloomington St entrance
            Sat, Ap 20 –Honeysuckle – 9am– Conklin St entrance
            Sun, Apr 21– Honeysuckle – noon– Conklin St entrance
            Thurs, Apr 25 – Garlic Mustard – 4pm– Bloomington St entrance
Sat, Apr 27
– Honeysuckle – 9am– Conklin St entrance
            Sun, Apr 28 – Honeysuckle – noon– Conklin St entrance

APRIL
Sat, April 6
9am-2pmPaint a Rain Barrel(Napoleon Lane Iowa City Click HEREfor map and more info).
Green Iowa AmeriCorps (GIA) has rain barrels that need to be beautified!  Work as a team or individually. GIA will provide the paint and brushes. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle and creativity. There are only 40 barrels, so participants must RSVP in order to paint a rain barrel. Please RSVP by emailing greeniowaIC@gmail.com.GIA will send all groups/individuals who would like to paint a barrel a form to fill out. Participants that paint a barrel will have the first opportunity to buy their barrel for $24. Purchase of the unclaimed rain barrels will be open to the public after the event. Please contact GIA with questions at greeniowaIC@gmail.com or call 319-339-5399. This event is hosted by Green Iowa AmeriCorps in collaboration with Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.

Sun, April 7 Noon-3pmRalston Creek Cleanup (Iowa City)
Volunteers will be removing invasive species, trash and other woodie debris from the banks and stream bed. This activity helps reduce the spread of invasive species, erosion and improves water quality. More info here. Questions or concerns please contact Carol Sweeting at 319-541-2385 or carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org.

Sun, Apr 141-3pmEarth Day Clean Up at Lake Iowa Park(Lake Iowa Park – Ladora, IA)
Help us celebrate Earth Day a little early! We will have a clean-up at Lake Iowa Park to make it a cleaner and greener place. We will be picking up litter, cleaning off the garden beds, and nature playscape area.  Light refreshments will be served for all volunteers. Composting Program – 3-4pm After the clean-up learn about how to make your our compost pile at home to produce organic fertilizer for you garden. Pre-register by email to mbulger@co.iowa.ia.us. More info here.

Sat, April 20 (several time slots available)Staff the IMN table at ECO Fest (NewBo City Market, 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 programming.  To volunteer, or more information, contact Elisabeth at info@iowamasternaturalists.org

Wed, April 241:30pmTerry Trueblood Tree Planting(Terry Trueblood, Iowa City)
Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Trees Forever and City High students will plant 100 trees at the Terry Trueblood Center in Iowa City at 1:30 p.m. Hoover Elementary School students will also help out with a planting in the morning. The trees are funded by Iowa City Parks and Recreation and Iowa City resident Beverly Tyree.

Sat, Apr 27, 10am-NoonVolunteer day at Palisades Kepler State Park(Mount Vernon)
Meet at the Lodge for spring clean up. Contact palsofpalisades@zoho.com for more information

Sun, April 28, Noon-3pmIowa River Flood Plain Volunteer Cleanup (Iowa City)
Volunteers will be assisting in removal of woodie debris, invasive species and trash from the Iowa River flood plain. The March 31st, Stormwater Cleanup is going to be along the Iowa River Corridor as we make our way north from the McCollister Bridge. Meet at the Terry Trueblood recreation Parking Lot, at noon for assignments. Volunteers are needed from noon to 3 PM. A range of jobs will be available to accommodate different age groups and skill levels and no experience is necessary. More info here. Questions or concerns please contact Carol Sweeting at 319-541-2385 or carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org.

MAY
Sat, May 4, 8:30-4:30pm7th Annual Into the Wild, Out with the Mustard 2019 (Heritage Valley, Waukon IA)
Heritage Valley is a 1,200-acre nature area near Decorah.Volunteers will work together in small groups to hand-pull garlic mustard, one of the most invasive non-native plants in Iowa. Garlic mustard spreads rapidly and displaces native plants and wildflowers. If left unchecked, it can do serious damage to wooded landscapes. Two volunteer shifts are available. Sign up for one or both! Rain date May 11th. No experience necessary. Families welcome. Coffee, a sack lunch, and equipment will be provided. An RSVP is requested. PLEASE RSVP to Melanie Lewis, Volunteer Coordinator, at mlouis@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 35. More info here.

Sat, May 11,9:45am-NoonLove Your Mother Earth Clean Up (Palisades-Kepler State Park)
Clean-up The Pal to get ready for opening day.  Meet at the lodge. This is a family-friendly event. Fb event here.

Tues, May 14,6-7:30pmPrairie Rescue at Cumming Prairie in Warren County(Great Western Trail – Cumming, IA)
Sponsored by Warren County Conservation and INHF. Kick off Bike Month with a prairie rescue on the Great Western Trail! Bike or carpool down to Cumming to help remove unwanted species from a remnant prairie along the trail to help native species to flourish! We’ll celebrate after with a drink at the Cumming Tap. The Tacopoloypse food truck will also be available. No need to RSVP – just show up! For questions, contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Louis at mlouis@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 35. More info here.

 

JUNE
Starting June 1volunteers 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.usor 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.orgTo 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 (see individual parks below) 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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