Volunteer

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.**

 

TIME-FLEXIBLE OPPORTUNITIES

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!

 

JANUARY

Sat, Jan 4. Cedar Rapids Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. Cedar Rapids Audubon sponsors two Christmas Bird Counts. One is in the Cedar Rapids area and the other is in Central City. The counts are held each year between Dec 14 and Jan 4.The Cedar Rapids count is centered on the old federal courthouse in downtown Cedar Rapids and includes a 15 mile diameter circle. Counters record all species of birds seen and keep count of the number of each species seen for a 24 hour period.The North Linn count is centered near Central City and includes a 15 mile diameter circle. Counters record all species of birds seen and keep count of the number of each species seen for a 24 hour period. Contact Jim Durbin 319-721-1593 or at bugmugger187@gmail.com if you wish to participate.To see bird count events happening in other Iowa communities, click here: http://iowabirds.org/Default.aspx

Mon, Jan 6, 5:00 pm. Just for fun! This is not a volunteer opportunity, but it is a chance to join with your like-minded IMN peers at the annual Iowa Master Naturalists Winter Party. Indian Creek Nature Center. 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. In past years, it has been a potluck. Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, if you have questions, see the Iowa Master Naturalists Facebook page or email info@iowamasternaturalists.org.

 

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.

 

FEBRUARY

Sat, Feb 15, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Workday on Been Prairie Monticello IA. Curb your cabin fever with a morning outdoors! Volunteers will remove invasive brush from Breen Prairie. We’ll end the day with warm beverages. Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush so native species can thrive.  No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome. Contact mschmidt@inhf.org for more info or to rsvp.

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.

 

ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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:

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

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

 

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