Volunteer September 28nd

Iowa state parks 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.

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:

  • Clear Lake
  • Nine Eagles

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
Trail Ambassador Volunteers Needed at Big Creek State Park

Duties include:

  • Hike designated trail areas on a regular basis.
  • Pick up trash on trails
  • Identify hazards on trail and communicate to park staff
  • Perform minor trail maintenance
  • Provide information and interpretation to visitors on the trail.


  • Good communicator
  • Familiarity with park and trails
  • Ability to identify trail hazards by using smart phone enabled maps

Contact information: Big_Creek@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-984-6473

Sept 28, 2019 - Volunteer Day!
1) Backbone
2) Beeds Lake
3) Bellevue
4) Black Hawk
5) Brushy Creek
6) Cedar Rock
7) Clear Lake
8) Dolliver
9) Geode
10) Gull Point Complex
11) Honey Creek
12) Lake Ahquabi
13) Lake Anita
14) Lake Darling
15) Lake Keomah
16) Lake Macbride
17) Lake Wapello
18) Ledges
19) Maquoketa Caves
20) McIntosh Woods
21) Mines of Spain
22) Nine Eagles
23) Palisades-Kepler
24) Pikes Peak
25) Pilot Knob
26) Pine Lake
27) Pleasant Creek
28) Prairie Rose
29) Red Haw
30) Springbrook
31) Stone
32) Volga River
33) Walnut Woods
34) Wapsipinicon
35) Waubonsie
36) Wildcat Den
37) Yellow River State Forest