**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

Thurs Mornings: Oct 4, Oct 11 10:30AM-12:30PM Prairie Seed Harvest (Conservation Education Ctr, FW Kent Park)
Former seasonal naturalist, Lois Albrecht, will be leading these programs, and is looking for other active senior citizens that want to join her. Lois will train newcomers to prairie harvest details. Light snacks will be provided. Volunteers should wear long pants, have a long-sleeve shirt, closed-toe shoes, and should bring gloves and water. Registration is requested; to register, email fowen@co.johnson.ia.us or call 319-645-1011

Terry Trueblood Recreation Trail Cleanup (Iowa City) Various dates, see below.
Volunteers will be removing invasive species, trash and other woodie debris from the Terry Trueblood Recreation Trail. This activity helps reduce the spread of invasive species , erosion and improves water quality. Come prepared by wearing long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toe shoes (no flipflops or sandals). Tools, gloves and drinking water will be provided. Meet at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, Lodge parking lot to signed in and get assignments. Questions or concerns, please contact Carol Sweeting at 319-541-2385 or carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org. More info here.

  • Sun, Oct 7 Noon-3pm
  • Sun, Oct 21 Noon-3pm
  • Sun, Oct 28 Noon-3pm

Oct 2, 3, Tues Wed (10:00 AM start time on Tue; 9:00 AM start on Wed) Mississippi River Aquarium Dubuque IA
Volunteers are needed to sort, count, and clean mussels being cultured in cages in the Mississippi for stocking elsewhere. This is a great chance to get hands on experience working with some of Iowa’s native mussels. No experience needed, all are welcome.  The work is dirty and wet so if you have waders or rain pants you should bring them. For more information or to register, contact Megan Bradley megan_bradley@fws.gov or phone at 608-689-2605.

Sat, Oct 6, 9am-Noon Snyder Heritage Farm Seed Harvest (Snyder Heritage Farm – Elkhart)
Spend an autumn morning learning about Snyder, exploring the prairie, and gathering native seed to support its ongoing restoration. Stay after the harvest to hike around the property’s prairie, woodland and oak savanna. Snacks and water provided. More info here.

Sun, Oct 7 10am-2pm Bur Oak Work Day – Oak Savanna Restoration @ Muddy Creek property 2806 Muddy Creek Ln, Coralville, IA
SIGN UP HERE .  Contact is jason@buroaklandtrust.org


Sat, Oct 13, 1:30-4:00 PM IMN In-Group Seed Collection Event at FW Kent Park 2048 Highway 6 NW, Oxford IA 52322  see flyer distributed by email or contact info@iowamasternaturalists.org for more information

Sun, Oct 14, Noon-3pm Ralston Creek Cleanup (Iowa City)
Ralston Creek flows near the downtown behind the Iowa City Recreation Center. 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. Come prepared by wearing long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toe shoes (no flipflops or sandals). Tools, gloves and drinking water will be provided. Meet at the parking lot at the rear of the Robert A Lee Recreation Center to sign in and get assignments. Questions or concerns please contact Carol Sweeting at 319-541-2385 or carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org. More info here.

Sat, Oct 20 10 AM-1:00 PM IMN Adopt-a-highway roadside clean up.  IMN grads, friends and family will clean up a 2 mile stretch of Highway 151 between Amana and the Iowa River in Iowa county. Lunch in an Amana restaurant follows clean up. See IMN Facebook event announcement or contact info@iowamasternaturalists.org  for more information

Sat, Oct 20, 5-7pm 3rd Annual Moonlight Seed Harvest (Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt – Maxwell)
Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Polk County Conservation for the 3rd annual Moonlight Seed Harvest at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt! Volunteers will hand harvest native prairie under the near-full Hunter’s Moon. Seed collected will be used to diversify and expand the prairie at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, a ten-mile nature preserve north of Des Moines. We’ll end the evening with a bonfire and s’mores at the nearby Youth Camp Area. Registration required. More info here.

Sun, Nov 4, 9am-Noon Prairie Seed Harvest–The big volunteer push! (Evergreen Landing on the west side of F.W. Kent Park.)
All seed collected will be planted to new restoration areas, and with a huge restoration project at Cedar River Crossing, we’re looking for all the seed we can get! Volunteers should wear long pants, have a long-sleeve shirt, closed-toe shoes, and should bring gloves and water. All ages and fitness levels welcome. JCC staff will give an introduction and training over seed harvest at the start. No registration is needed. In the case of rainy weather, the event will likely be cancelled (seed should not be harvested when wet). Updates will be posted to the Johnson County Conservation Facebook page; those without Facebook should operate under the assumption that if it has rained recently, the event will be canceled. More info here.

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/fireflywatch

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: