Volunteer Stewardship Days at Fort Des Moines Park

Join us as we continue efforts to beautify Fort Des Moines Park through the restoration of both native woodland habitat and cultivated gardens. 

Over time, invasive species such as honeysuckle and Asiatic bittersweet have overtaken our woodlands. Invasive species have outcompeted native species leading to the reduction of local biodiversity, habitat, and improved water quality. Volunteers will be taught how to identify invasive species, the proper techniques to remove them, and about resulting benefits of this important conservation work. 

Rain gardens and native plantings provide a wide variety of benefits for wildlife and local water quality all while beautifying our parks. Timely spring garden cleanup sets up these gardens for success for the growing season. This event is a great opportunity for anyone looking for experience to learn how to better care for their own rain gardens and native plantings at home.

This event is designed to allow participants to come and go per their desired hours.


DEADLINE: Register by noon the day prior

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.

LOCATION DETAILS: Shelter #1 | Park Map

EVENT PARTNER: Polk County Conservation Stewardship Program


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

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