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Iowa's natural resources plates include the state bird and flower, pheasant, eagle, buck and a Brook trout. Support conservation in Iowa by buying a natural resource plate for your vehicle.
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Experience Iowa's natural beauty and all the fun our state parks offer. Make your online reservation for state park cabins, camping sites, shelters and lodges.
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In the spring, volunteers for the
toad and frog survey are needed across the state to provide consistent data on toads and frogs breeding habits on an annual basis. Since 1991 volunteers return year after year to survey these animal populations.
As the leaves start to change many Iowans think of hunting and the harvest. In the fall our law Enforcement Bureau looks for volunteers to teach gun and archery safety at
Hunter Education and Safety classes around Iowa.
Special events are planned by Iowa DNR and our partners calling on volunteers to come together for a purpose. A popular example of a special event is our
Watershed Awareness River Expedition (AWARE) Project. Each year a river or watershed is designated for clean up. It’s a hands on volunteer experience where you can volunteer for as little as a few hours or for the whole week.
Iowa's locally-led volunteer water quality monitoring program, empowers watershed and conservation groups to take a proactive approach to water quality. By engaging volunteers to monitor water quality in their project areas, they can ensure the protection, longevity and productivity of high quality water resources, as well as evaluate, assess, and improve those of lower quality.
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 a crucial for the success of our state park systems in Iowa. The average host volunteers 20 – 40 hours per week while living on site in their own camper.
Campground hosts . . .
The requirements to be a campground host are the ability to commit to at least four consecutive weekends and pass a criminal background check according to Unsupervised Volunteers Background Check Policy.
Parks Currently Needing Hosts:
Wishing to help out a park listed above?
Read the campground host volunteer description and consider filling out a campground host application for that specific park.
For more information please contact your local DNR park.