Volunteer September 28nd

Iowa state parks is getting ready for its 100th anniversary in 2020, and we invite you to join statewide Volunteer Day on September 28! 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.

Please note: If weather looks inclement on Saturday, volunteers should contact the individual park offices in case there are changes to date, time or meeting locations.

Sept 28, 2019 - Volunteer Day!
Beeds Lake
Big Creek
Black Hawk
Brushy Creek
Cedar Rock
Clear Lake
Green Valley
Gull Point Complex
Honey Creek
Lake Ahquabi
Lake Anita
Lake Darling
Lake Keomah
Lake Macbride
Lake of Three Fires
Lake Manawa State Park
Lake Wapello
Maquoketa Caves
McIntosh Woods
Mines of Spain
Nine Eagles
Pikes Peak
Pilot Knob
Pine Lake
Pleasant Creek
Prairie Rose
Red Haw
Shimek State Forest
Union Grove State Park
Viking Lake State Park
Volga River
Walnut Woods
Wildcat Den
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. Hosts volunteer 20 – 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays, 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 welcoming presence in our campgrounds
  • act as models for other campers
  • provide park information to visitors
  • clean restrooms
  • 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:

  • No listings at this time.

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 call 515-725-8489 or contact your local DNR park, forest or preserve.

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