Save the Fort: Shoreline Invaders

Invasive species removal is at the forefront of restoration efforts in our Iowa woodlands. Spend your time on the frontline of this continuous battle as we remove non-native plant species and take back the shoreline through the restoration of native habitat in addition to improving fishing access and creating beautiful park views. This restoration work reduces soil erosion and sedimentation in the pond which protects watersheds, and improves nesting sites and valuable food sources for wildlife

Volunteers will learn how to properly identify invasive species, the techniques to remove them, and about the resulting benefits of this important conservation work along the pond shoreline of Fort Des Moines Park.

This event begins at 10 AM and end at 3 PM with a lunch break from 12 - 1PM. Come for the morning, afternoon, or both – participants are encouraged to come and go per their desired hours.

ACTIVITY: Habitat restorationinvasive plant species removal


REGISTRATION: Required - opens January 16

By registering for this event, I acknowledge that it may include 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. Late registrations and walkups welcome if the event is not at capacity. Please notify Volunteer Coordinators to inquire about attendance.

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

WHAT TO BRING: It is recommended to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a refillable water bottle and gloves, if you have them. Gloves will be provided for those without.

LOCATION DETAILS: Fort Des Moines Park | Park Map | Meet at Shelter #1


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

Fort Des Moines Park, Familes, Adults, Senior Adults, Ages 8-12, Ages 13-17, Volunteer

Upcoming Times

Shelter #1

Friday, Mar 24, 2023   10:00 AM

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