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 Events

Woodland Restoration @ Easter Lake Park

Do you love Easter Lake Park and are wondering how you can get more involved to make Easter Lake better? Join us for this volunteer event led by Polk County Conservation and a local park steward focused on improving woodland areas in Easter Lake Park!

During this event we will be working towards protecting oak saplings currently being outcompeted by invasive species. Additionally we will be discussing the exciting opportunities for a new volunteer led stewardship group for Easter Lake Park.

  • Postponed until November 19th
  • Meet by the covered bridge @ 11:45am in Easter Lake Park
  • Contact Pat Spain for more information by emailing pat.spain@polkcountyiowa.gov

No experience necessary. All tools and supplies will be provided and light snacks and water will be available. Please bring a refillable water bottle and gloves and dress for the weather. ear long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes.

Woodland Restoration @ Easter Lake Park

  • November 13th, 2019 @ 10am to 3pm
  • December 11th, 2019 @ 10am to 3pm
  • Easter Lake Park, Shelter #3
  • Contact Melissa at Melissa.schmeling@polkcountyiowa.gov for more information or if you have difficulty registering for the event.

When the Easter Lake Watershed Management Plan was being put together, our investigations into the watershed showed that woodland areas contributed an abnormal amount of sediment loading into Easter Lake. As invasive species have taken over the woodlands, native grasses and other woodland species been outcompeted leaving exposed bare soil that is easily susceptible to erosion.

Invasive species removal is at the forefront of restoration efforts in our Iowa woodlands. Spend your time on the frontline of this continuous battle as we remove honeysuckle, buckthorn, and oriental bittersweet from Easter Lake Park to improve water quality and local habitat!

No experience necessary and all equipment provided for the listed events. Dress for the weather. Wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes and gloves (provided if you do not have a pair). Please bring a refillable water bottle. Registration Required.