With the changing of the seasons come different opportunities for volunteers to become involved with our natural resources. Let your interests guide you to the different ways you can help.
What is your favorite season? How can you turn your abilities or interests into a volunteer opportunity?
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.
Finally, in the winter, DNR offices are busy getting ready for warmer weather. Mailings, database updates, and web site changes are a few of the things volunteers do during the winter months.
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 volunteer water quality monitoring program (IOWATER)
, empowers citizens to take a proactive approach to water quality. By monitoring the water resources in our backyards, we can ensure the protection, longevity and productivity of high quality water resources, as well as evaluate, assess, and improve those of lower quality.
has been a successful part of DNR since 1999. Members work side-by-side with staff to serve Iowa’s natural resources.