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.
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.
The unofficial start to summer is the camping season. Each year the DNR searches for couples, families, or individuals to become campground hosts living at state parks in their campers at free designated campsite in exchange for performing light maintenance and office duties at our state parks.
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.
In the winter when things usually quiet down, DNR offices are busy with activity to get ready for warmer weather. Mailings, database updates, and web site changes are a few of the things that keep volunteers busy during the winter months.
What is your favorite season? How can you turn your abilities or interests into a volunteer opportunity?
Other Special Events for Volunteers at the DNR are:
Each year our state parks host a special group of people who live in DNR camping areas during the busy summer season. Campground hosts provide information, to visitors, do light maintenance work around the park and serve as an extension of the park staff during the busy camping season.
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.
The Streamkeepers program provides educational materials, organizational support, and outreach for river clean-up efforts. Participating river-adopters will receive a number of materials, the most central being a volunteer handbook that will act as a guide for river clean-ups. It is the intent of the Iowa DNR that these volunteer driven efforts will strengthen community investment in water trails.