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

MARCH – ONGOING
March 8 – April 6: Maple Syrup Production – Variety of opportunities to help prepare for Indian Creek Nature Center’s annual Maple Syrup Festival, including collecting and boiling down maple sap. Sign up here.

MARCH
Sat, March 9, 9am-Noon Barberry Buster at Faulkes Woods (Faulkes Heritage 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.  An RSVP is requested.More info and registration here. For questions, contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Louis at mlouis@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 35

Sat & Sun, March 23-24, Various times Indian Creek Maple Syrup Festival (Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids)
Variety of opportunities available. Sign up here.

Sun, March 31, Noon-3pm Iowa River Flood Plain Volunteer Cleanup (Iowa City)
Volunteers will be assisting in removal of woody 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.

 

APRIL
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 6 9am-2pm Paint a Rain Barrel Napoleon Lane Iowa City.  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. Artwork cannot be offensive. 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.Click HERE for map and more info. 

Sun, April 7 Noon-3pm Ralston 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.

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 24 1:30pm Terry 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.

Sun, April 28, Noon-3pm Iowa 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.

 

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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