Volunteer Restoration Days - Woodlands

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 plant species that that threaten urban woodlands by reducing local biodiversity, native habitat, and local water quality. Restoration work not only improves the quality of Iowa’s woodlands but also limits soil erosion, serves to protect watersheds, and provide valuable food sources and nesting sites 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.

The event will begin 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: Invasive plant species removal


REGISTRATION: Highly encouraged

DEADLINE: Register by noon the day prior – late registrations and walkups welcome

COST: Free


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 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: Various locations - register for complete details


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, Woodland Restoration, VTO

Upcoming Times

Fort Des Moines Park

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2022   10:00 AM

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