Volunteers are an integral part of Polk County Conservation and contribute a combined total of well over 14,000 hours each year dedicated to our mission. Our duty is to equip each participant with a unique set of skills to create effective, capable, and knowledgeable volunteers in the field of conservation. Join us in January for the first installment in a 3-part series dedicated to providing the information and skill sets you need to be a steward of the land.
Each course will comprise of a classroom presentation followed by breakout sessions where you will acquire a new skill. This month we will explore the history of Iowa woodlands and the restoration principles in place in our family of parks and trails. Choices of woodland restoration skills include chainsaw safety and certification, pesticide applicator's license, and fundamentals of park stewardship.
Chainsaw Safety and Certification
You will leave this course knowing the basics of the proper chainsaw safety and use. As a certified volunteer, you will be permitted to use County chainsaws at public and private volunteer events. Must be 18+ years of age.
Pesticide Applicator’s License
*Details forthcoming. Must be 18+ years of age.
Fundamentals of Park Stewardship
You will receive plant identification training as wells as instruction on the proper use of tools and equipment used by Stewards at public and private workdays. Equipment includes handsaws, loppers, brush mower, and brush chipper. Must be 15+ years of age.
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