Calendar of Events
Click here to open upcoming events and projects, volunteer positions available and for the latest news from our department. Public workdays are posted on the calendar tab accessible by clicking here.
Please register for a public workdays by emailing your RSVP to email@example.com. Registration is important for equipment planning purposes.
Park and Trails Maps and Addresses
Click here to access the Parks and Trails tab of the website. Maps and addresses of the maintained areas where we will host workdays be on this page. Verify the exact meeting location within the park or trail in each event listing.
What to Wear
Wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes for working on uneven terrain in heavily vegetated areas on restoration workdays. Dress both weather and task appropriate if working on a construction or maintenance project. Old shoes, boots or waders are recommended for stream cleanups. PCC staff has a limited amount of waders available.
Check with staff if you are unsure of what would be appropriate to wear for the specific project in which you are participating.
Inclement Weather Cancelations
If inclement weather is approaching and a workday must be canceled, a message indicating the cancelation will be left at 515.339.0933. In the absence of a cancelation message, the workday will proceed as planned.
Volunteerism for All
The majority of volunteer events are setup with people of all ages in mind. We will tailor each work day to fit the needs and abilities of all present. With safety in mind, manual tools such as loppers and hand/bow saws are reserved for individuals ages 15 and above; use of ready-to-use herbicides and power tools for ages 18 and above.
Get More Involved
We offer several programs for those seeking longer commitment in conservation. Whether you are a student looking for a more in-depth experience; a retiree seeking a fulfilling pastime, an individual passionate about the Iowa landscape and our natural resources; have a knack for construction; or any level in-between, the following programs will plug you into the right experience. Our programs offer tremendous ownership to you, the volunteer, and provides an invaluable service to our staff.
Environmental Education and Equestrian Services
Special Projects and Individual/Group Volunteer Activities
To assure safety and to provide the best possible volunteer experience, Polk County Conservation asks and expects volunteers to follow a Code of Conduct. Also, you may open a Volunteer Application Form, complete the form online, save it, and email it to:
Pat Spain, Community Outreach Coordinator
Melissa Schmeling, Community Outreach Coordinator