Woodland Invaders: Brown's Woods

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 in a forest habitat to protect the next generation of oaks and bring back native wildflowers and other valuable species while also improving nesting sites and food sources for wildlife. This restoration work also reduces soil erosion and sedimentation buildup in nearby waterways which protects watersheds and improves water quality.

Volunteers will learn how to properly identify invasive species, the techniques to remove them, and about the resulting benefits of this important conservation work in the woodlands of Brown's Woods, Iowa's largest urban forest in West Des Moines along the Raccoon River.

NOVEMBER 3, 2023
12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch (Provided)
1 PM - 3 PM: Woodland Restoration

NOVEMBER 4, 2023
10 AM - 12 PM: Woodland Restoration
12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch (Provided)

NOVEMBER 9, 2023
10 AM - 12 PM: Woodland Restoration

DECEMBER 1, 2023
12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch (Provided)
1 PM - 3 PM: Woodland Restoration

ACTIVITY: Woodland habitat restoration - invasive plant species removal



By registering for this event, I acknowledge that it includes a provided lunch as well as 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. If the event is at capacity, contact Volunteer Coordinators to inquire about participation.

COST: Free - lunch provided for all registered participants on November 3, November 4, and December 1.


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

WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather. Required - closed-toe footwear. Recommended – long pants, work gloves, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Gloves provided for those without. In an effort to promote sustainability at this event, please bring a reusable water bottle.

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

LOCATION DETAIL: Brown's Woods | Park Map Meet in the park parking lot - follow signs for overflow parking


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