Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer With Us!

Each year we have a need for volunteers to help us clean up Yeader Creek, Easter Lake and Ewing parks, remove invasive species and more. If you are interested in participating in an upcoming event check out the events below or Contact the watershed coordinator.

While we work on planning events and finding volunteers to participate, we also love when people reach out to us looking for opportunities. If you have the desire or a group of volunteers ready to go, let us help you find an opportunity, date, and time that fits your needs and schedule. Contact the watershed coordinator for more information on how to plan a volunteer event.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Woodland Restoration Work Day – March 13th, 2018

JDSCN4949oin Green Iowa AmeriCorps as they help restore natural biodiversity back to Easter Lake Park. Volunteers can help by being hands-on in the invasive species removal process which is vital to the survival of native oak trees. By assisting in the removal of invasive species, volunteers will learn proper identification techniques, reclaim land for community enjoyment, and restore Easter Lake Park for healthy wildlife habitat.

Volunteers should plan on arriving at 1pm (shelter 3, Easter Lake Park) for a brief orientation and training at the start of the event. All tools and safety equipment will be provided by Green Iowa and the parks department. Green Iowa will be bringing a cooler, so feel free to bring any drinks or snacks for the day. Water will be provided, but water bottles are encouraged!

Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Due to poison ivy, volunteers must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

Des Moines Earth Day Trash Bash – April 20th, 2018

EDSCN4958ach year as part of Des Moines’ Earth Day Trash Bash around 200 volunteers join us at Easter Lake Park to remove invasive species and clean up trash around the park. This year the Easter Lake Watershed Project will be teaming up with partner Polk County Conservation and the Iowa Natural Heritage foundation to clean up trash around Easter Lake and Ewing Parks and Yeader Creek. Additionally, we’ll be working on removing invasive species to restore natural biodiversity throughout the area.

The day will kick off with a Bash downtown at noon, including a lunch, sponsor recognition, and educational booths. After the kick-off bash and lunch, team captains will lead volunteers out to their project locations.

Recent Volunteer Events

Woodland Restoration Work Day – November 18th, 2017



On Saturday November, 18th we had a great group of volunteers working with Polk County Conservation and the Easter Lake Watershed Project to help remove invasive species and restore woodland areas around the park. Together with volunteers including families and individuals, Boy Scout Troop 98,  park stewards, and Polk County Conservation staff we were able to continue our goal of restoring all woodland areas in Easter Lake Park. Check out our photos from this fun day below!

Easter Lake Clean up

We’ve been seeing tons of trash and tires in the Yeader Creek and the lake bed and need some help cleaning it up! Join Polk County Conservation and the Easter Lake Watershed Project for a day at the park and help us on our way to improving Easter Lake!Please RSVP to julie.perreault@ia.nacdnet.net if you plan on attending! We need to ensure we have enough supplies for all our awesome volunteers! Thanks!
On Friday, meet us at 8am at shelter 4 at Easter Lake Park!

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Easter Lake Clean up

We are on the way to cleaning up Easter Lake and we need your help! Join Polk County Conservation and the Easter Lake Watershed Project for day to help clean up trash and tires from the lake bed and Yeader Creek! We promise it will be a fun day!
It’s important we have enough supplies for the day – Please RSVP your attendance to julie.perreault@ia.nacdnet.net by June 6th

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Des Moines’ Earth Day Trash Bash

Each year during Des Moines’ Earth Day Trash Bash event we have around 200 volunteers out at Easter Lake Park. Volunteers have helped us clear multiple acres of invasive species and trash throughout the park. This year with the lake empty we are looking forward to being able to help clean up trash and tires from the lake bed. Its has always been a fun and rewarding day that we look forward to each year.

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