Volunteer Mornings in the Garden

Come lend a hand and learn tricks of the trade for garden maintenance to set our native plant gardens up for success!

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 mornings at Jester Park 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 will have a focus on cleanup processes, identification of native species & weeds, and general information about native gardens, rain gardens, and environmental benefits.

ACTIVITY: Gardening (weeding, planting, mulching)



DEADLINE: Register by noon the day prior

COST: Free


LOCATION DETAILS: Jester Park Nature Center | Park Map | Volunteers should plan to meet outside the Jester Park Nature Center main entrance.

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.


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.

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

Volunteer, Volunteer Time Off, Jester Park, Jester Park Nature Center, FREE

Upcoming Times

This event is not currently scheduled.