Volunteer Heroes

We love our volunteers.

Polk County Conservation has accomplished so much in the last year alone – and this would not have been possible without those generously donating their time and skills to our mission.

Loads of you participated in co-sponsored events, privately organized cleanups, through your employer, or simply when you had a moment free. Altogether, over 13,000 hours were given by more than 2,000 volunteers in 2013. We're blown away!

As a thank you, volunteers are invited to join us at the Jester Park Lodge on Sunday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. where we will highlight some of our volunteer projects and events from 2013. This year, Dan Kaercher, retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine and Iowa Public Television host, will be the special guest at our annual banquet. Dan spent years traveling in almost every one of Iowa’s 99 counties in search of close-to-home attractions and getaways to share with his loyal readers and viewers. In addition to his program, enjoy a catered dinner and awards.

If you have volunteered 10 hours or more in the last year with Polk County Conservation, RSVP for this event by Tuesday, March 11. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator on (515) 323-5280. If you’re unsure of the amount of hours worked, feel free to call to find out first.

Interested in joining our community of volunteers? Find more details and a list of regularly updated volunteer opportunities here or check in with our Volunteer Coordinator.

Here's an example of what our volunteers are getting up to in March:
A crew of DMACC Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering one Sunday every month at Carney Marsh. Be a part of this restoration effort by coming along Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No experience is necessary, and equipment is provided. You should, however, dress for the weather, bring appropriate shoes or boots, and bring along a refillable water bottle.


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