Polk County Conservation

Volunteer Skills Workshop: Woodlands

When & Where:

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Jester Park Nature Center Classrooms (Map & Park Information)


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. 

REGISTRATION: Contact Melissa at melissa.schmeling@polkcountyiowa.gov

COST: Free

AGES: 15+



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Administration Office
12130 NW 128th St
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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