Conservation

Volunteer Evenings in the Garden

*Photo courtesy of Ashton Jordan - Easter Lake Park Garden Volunteer

Rain gardens, pollinator gardens, and other native plantings across the Polk County park system provide a wide variety of benefits for wildlife, water quality, education, and even social connections.

Join us on select Tuesday evenings at rotating locations (Easter Lake Park, Fort Des Moines, Jester Park, and River Place), and dive into the world of native plants to make a positive impact in PCC gardens this growing season. By attending these events you’ll broaden your native plant knowledge as it relates to conservation, maintenance, ecology, and how to start your own native garden at home. Tuesday garden events in May will have a focus on spring cleanup processes, early identification of native species & weeds, and general information about native gardens, rain gardens, and environmental benefits.

ACTIVITY: Gardening (weeding, planting, mulching)

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Easy, Moderate

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by noon the day prior

COST: Free

GROUPS ALLOWED: Yes

AGES: All ages and abilities welcome. 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 dress for the weather, wear long pants, and closed-toe shoes. Bring a refillable water bottle and garden gloves if you have them.

LOCATION DETAILS: Various - see Upcoming Times | Registered participants will be sent exact meeting location details.

CONTACT: ConservationVolunteers@polkcountyiowa.gov

Polk County Conservation strives to host inclusive, accessible events and meetings that enables 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 pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov.

Volunteer, Easter Lake Park, River Place, Jester Park, Jester Park Nature Center, Fort Des Moines Park, Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt

Upcoming Times


Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt

Tuesday, May 24, 2022   6:00 PM

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Easter Lake Park

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2022   6:00 PM

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Fort Des Moines Park

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2022   6:00 PM

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Polk County River Place

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022   6:00 PM

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