Litter Removal: Sycamore Trails

County parks and trails are where we go for escape, adventure, and connection. They are home to a wide range of wildlife and are a vital part of fighting climate change. In return, we can protect and care for our public green spaces by making any impact we have a positive one. Give back by contributing your time to removing single-use pollution from the woodlands of Sycamore Trails. Litter removal in our parks and trails helps create a happier and healthier home for wildlife and creates better green spaces for people, too.

This volunteer opportunity offers a fun and meaningful service-learning experience. Volunteers will learn about woodland ecosystems while helping clear litter from the forest and recreational trails at Sycamore Trails, a premier trail network located along the west bank of the Des Moines River maintained 100% through volunteerism.

*In the absence of litter, we will transition to invasive plant species removal.

ACTIVITY: Litter cleanup

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



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.

LOCATION DETAIL & SCHEDULE: Sycamore Trails Park Map Meet in the north trailhead parking lot.

April 11| 10 AM – 12 PM: Morning session| 12 – 1 PM: Break | 1 – 3 PM: Afternoon session

April 13| 10 AM – 12 PM: Morning session


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

Volunteer, Volunteer Time Off, Sycamore Trails, Litter, Ages 8-17, Adults, Families, Woodland Restoration

Upcoming Times

This event is not currently scheduled.