Dig Your Natives: Spring Garden Maintenance - River Place

Embrace the season of renewal this spring in PCC native gardens. Gardens utilizing plants that are native to a region provide many benefits for biodiversity, wildlife, water quality, and positively impact our community. Timely spring garden cleanup sets up our rain and pollinator gardens for success during the growing season.

During this event, volunteers will receive a mini-lesson on garden spring cleanup. After the lesson, volunteers will get their hands dirty and dig into early season gardening tasks. By attending these events, you will broaden your native plant knowledge while focusing on seasonal identification of native species and weeds. You will also pick up general information about native garden types and their resulting environmental benefits. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, these events provide valuable insights for caring for rain gardens and native plantings as both a volunteer in Polk County parks and for your native gardens at home.  

ACTIVITY: Gardening - weeding, mulching, vegetation removal

ECOLOGICAL IMPACT: Biodiversity, wildlife habitat, water quality



By registering for this event, I acknowledge I am filling an open position. In the event that I and/or members of my group are unable to attend, I will cancel my registration to allow for others to join this event.

DEADLINE: Register by noon the day prior. If the event is at capacity, contact Volunteer Coordinators to inquire about participation.

COST: Free


AGES: This event is appropriate for ages 8+. No experience necessary.

  • Ages 12+ will be permitted use of hand tools
  • Ages 18+ will be permitted use of power tools and equipment

WHAT TO BRING: It is recommended to dress for the weather. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a pair of gloves, if you have them - gloves provided for those without. In an effort to promote sustainability at this event, please bring a refillable water bottle.

Each event participant will be provided proper personal protective equipment and training as needed.


Polk County River Place | Meet at the bike trailhead sign south of the parking lot.


Polk County Conservation strives to host inclusive, accessible events and meetings that enable all individuals to participate. If you anticipate needing a modification due to a disability or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at 515-323-5300 or

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Upcoming Times

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