Volunteer September 22nd

Iowa state parks invite you to join statewide Volunteer Day on September 22! More than 40 parks need volunteers to help paint buildings, repair tables, trim branches, plant trees, pick up litter and more! All ages are welcome, along with varying levels of experience. Check out individual state park volunteer events in the list below, and thanks for lending a helping hand.

Sept 22, Volunteer Day
1) Backbone
2) Beed's Lake
3) Bellevue
4) Big Creek
5) Cedar Rock
6) Clear Lake
7) Dolliver
8) Elk Rock
9) Geode
10) George Wyth
11) Green Valley
12) Gull Point Complex
13) Honey Creek
15) Lake Ahquabi
16) Lake Anita
17) Lake Darling
18) Lake Keomah
19) Lake Macbride
20) Lake Wapello
21) Ledges
22) Maquoketa Caves
23) McIntosh Woods
24) Nine Eagles
25) Palisades-Kepler
26) Pikes Peak
27) Pilot Knob
28) Pine Lake
29) Pleasant Creek
30) Prairie Rose
31) Red Haw
32) Shimek State Forest
33) Springbrook
34) Stone
35) Union Grove
36) Viking Lake
37) Volga River
38) Walnut Woods
39) Wapsipinicon
40) Waubonsie
41) Wildcat Den
42) Wilson Island
43) Yellow River State Forest
Volunteer Opportunities
+ Become a Campground Host

If you like to camp and meet new people, this is the volunteer experience for you! The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for campground hosts to live in our state parks for the months of April – October helping DNR staff with light maintenance duties, checking in campers, and being a resource for visitors enjoying our state parks and forests.

Campground hosts are provided a free campsite while they are actively hosting during the camping season. The average host volunteers 20 – 40 hours per week while living on site in their own camper. 

Campground hosts . . .

  • work with DNR staff to ensure that campers have the best experience possible in Iowa’s state parks
  • provide a friendly presence in our campgrounds
  • act as models for other campers
  • answer questions and tell visitors about points of interest and what the park has to offer 
  • keep campers informed of park rules and area accommodations
  • perform light administrative and/or maintenance tasks.

All campground hosts must pass a criminal background check according to Unsupervised Volunteers Background Check Policy.


Parks Currently Needing Hosts:

  • We will begin accepting campground host applications for the 2019 recreation season on November 1,  2018.


Wishing to help out a park listed above?
Read the campground host volunteer description and complete a campground host application for that specific park.

For more information please contact Teresa.Rosenberg, 515-725-8489, or your local DNR park.

+ Natural Resource Educator
+ Special Events, Volunteer Opportunities
+ State Lands Volunteer Program
+ Wildlife Monitoring
Iowa DNR, Volunteer Calendar