Invasive Species Removal: Brown's Woods

Safeguard Polk County forest ecosystems for generations to come by contributing your time to the ongoing battle against invasive plant species. Removal of invasive species preserves the future of oaks, reestablishes native grasses and wildflowers, enhances habitat for wildlife, and contributes to creating healthier watersheds and water quality in Polk County by reducing soil erosion.

This volunteer opportunity offers a fun and meaningful service-learning experience. Volunteers will gain or sharpen their skills in identifying both native and nonnative plant species, learn effective invasive removal techniques, and gain insight into the benefits of conservation work within Brown's Woods, Iowa's largest urban forest situated along the Raccoon River.

This activity is led by members of our very own Stewards of Brown’s Woods, a community-based volunteer group dedicated to the ecological restoration of this park. Volunteers and neighbors join together on a weekly basis to eliminate invasive plant species that threaten the forest ecosystem.

ACTIVITY: Woodland habitat restoration - invasive plant species removal

ECOLOGICAL IMPACT AREAS: Woodland ecosystem, wildlife habitat, water quality, soil health



By registering for this event, I acknowledge that it includes a registration waitlist. 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.

LOCATION DETAILS & SCHEDULE: Brown's Woods | Park Map Meet in the gravel overflow parking lot

10 AM - 12 PM


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

Brown's Woods, Woodland Restoration, Invasive Species, Lunch, Forest, Habitat, Ages 8-17, Adults, Senior Adults, Stewards of Brown's Woods, Volunteer, Families

Upcoming Times

This event is not currently scheduled.