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Save the Date: Statewide Volunteer Day is Sept. 25

Save the Date: Statewide Volunteer Day is Sept. 25

  • 9/14/2021 2:54:00 PM
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Iowa state parks and forests have set Saturday, Sept. 25 as annual Volunteer Day, when Iowans are invited to lend a hand at nearly 20 parks and forests hosting events.
Campground hosts needed for upcoming recreation season

Campground hosts needed for upcoming recreation season

  • 1/26/2021 12:07:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking people who enjoy the outdoors, camping and meeting new people, to consider becoming volunteer campground hosts for the upcoming recreation season.
Bat Survey Looking for Volunteers

Bat Survey Looking for Volunteers

  • 6/9/2020 3:23:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers interested in performing night time surveys for bats in Hamilton and Marshall counties. 
INHF to host State Park Centennial volunteer events at 3 state parks

INHF to host State Park Centennial volunteer events at 3 state parks

  • 3/3/2020 12:07:00 PM
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Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), the Iowa Parks Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will kick off INHF's 2020 volunteer season and celebrate the Iowa State Parks Centennial with three volunteer events at Iowa state parks on Saturday, March 21.
Campground hosts needed for upcoming recreation season

Campground hosts needed for upcoming recreation season

  • 2/4/2020 12:38:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking people who enjoy the outdoors, camping and meeting new people, to consider becoming volunteer campground hosts for the upcoming recreation season.
Opportunity to help DNR track frog and toad populations

Opportunity to help DNR track frog and toad populations

  • 1/28/2020 3:34:00 PM
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It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa. In the farm pond next to the road, a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates. A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally sorting out each of the calling species which are using this seemingly ordinary pond.   
Governor Reynolds, Iowa DNR commemorates Volunteer Day

Governor Reynolds, Iowa DNR commemorates Volunteer Day

  • 9/27/2019 4:12:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Earlier this week, Governor Reynolds shared her commitment to volunteerism at her weekly press conference to develop a state employee volunteer policy encouraging workers to give back to communities and causes that benefit our state. This weekend several DNR employees, along with any interested Iowans, have the opportunity to do just that by participating in the DNR’s third annual statewide Volunteer Day on September 28.
Bat survey looking for volunteers

Bat survey looking for volunteers

  • 4/23/2019 3:19:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University are looking for volunteers interested in performing night time surveys for bats in Dubuque, Lucas, Jackson, Warren and Clayton counties. 
Acoustic Monitoring Survey for Iowa's Nine Bat Species

Acoustic Monitoring Survey for Iowa's Nine Bat Species

  • 4/23/2019 8:45:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University are looking for volunteers interested in performing night time surveys for bats in Dubuque, Lucas, Jackson, Warren and Clayton counties
Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking bald eagle nests and frog and toad populations

Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking bald eagle nests and frog and toad populations

  • 1/22/2019 11:40:00 AM
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It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa. In the farm pond next to the road a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates. A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally sorting out each of the calling species which are using this seemingly ordinary pond. 
DNR awards over $234,000 in grants to 100 Iowa fire departments

DNR awards over $234,000 in grants to 100 Iowa fire departments

  • 12/18/2018 1:15:00 PM
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AMES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Section’s Fire Program, in cooperation with US Forest Service, has awarded $234,459 in 50% cost-sharing grants to 100 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid in their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires. 
Join state park volunteers this weekend

Join state park volunteers this weekend

  • 9/18/2018 4:12:00 PM
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Statewide Park Volunteer Day is this Saturday, Sept. 22. Iowans can help out at more than 40 state parks with activities that may include litter pick-up, staining or painting buildings, planting trees, clearing trails and more.
2018 Iowa mussel blitz on the Iowa River

2018 Iowa mussel blitz on the Iowa River

  • 9/11/2018 1:10:00 PM
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The Iowa River, from the Coralville Dam to Hills, was the focus of this year’s annual research project to inventory and map the distribution of Iowa’s mussels, often called clams. 
Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

Iowa pheasant population survey begins Aug. 1

  • 7/31/2018 1:41:00 PM
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The extent of impact that a late winter and heavy rains and flooding in northern Iowa in June and July had on pheasant nesting success will likely be seen when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts its annual pheasant counts.
Volunteers invited to state park spring clean-up events

Volunteers invited to state park spring clean-up events

  • 4/3/2018 1:09:00 PM
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Several Iowa state parks are hosting spring clean-up events to get ready for the summer season this April and May. Events will be tailored to each park’s needs and could include activities such as litter and branch pick-up, painting, trail work, and clipping back limbs and plants.
Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking imperiled wildlife

Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking imperiled wildlife

  • 2/6/2018 1:12:00 PM
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It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa. In the farm pond next to the road a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates. A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally sorting out each of the calling species which are using this seemingly ordinary pond. 
Annual winter bird survey opens Dec. 14

Annual winter bird survey opens Dec. 14

  • 12/12/2017 1:04:00 PM
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The annual Christmas bird count begins across Iowa with volunteers working with count coordinators from the Iowa Ornithologists Union to identify one day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 to count every bird – seen or heard – in their designated area.
State parks looking for volunteers Sept. 30

State parks looking for volunteers Sept. 30

  • 9/5/2017 12:57:00 PM
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Iowa’s state parks are looking for volunteers on Sept. 30 for Iowa’s first State Park Volunteer Day.  Volunteer activities will take place in 32 state parks.
Project Aware cleanup to tackle the Upper Cedar River

Project Aware cleanup to tackle the Upper Cedar River

  • 5/2/2017 12:14:00 PM
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CHARLES CITY – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 60 miles of the upper Cedar River from the Iowa-Minnesota border to Nashua from July 10 to 14.
Public celebration planned for volunteers’ commitment to osprey restoration

Public celebration planned for volunteers’ commitment to osprey restoration

  • 5/2/2017 12:13:00 PM
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A public celebration of the volunteers and organizations integral in the return of ospreys to Iowa will be held at Quarry Springs in Colfax, on May 20, from 11-3. The Quarry Springs location, just east of the Colfax exit off I-80, has been home to two nesting pairs of ospreys that have been fishing from its waters.
Bat survey looking for volunteers

Bat survey looking for volunteers

  • 4/18/2017 12:13:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University are looking for volunteers interested in performing night time surveys for bats in Hardin, Marshall, Jackson, and Dubuque counties. 
Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking imperiled wildlife

Iowa citizens playing key role in tracking imperiled wildlife

  • 1/24/2017 12:19:00 PM
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It’s 10:00 on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa.  In the farm pond next to the road a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates.  A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally sorting out each of the calling species using this seemingly ordinary pond. 
2016 DNR volunteer fire assistance grants awarded to rural fire departments

2016 DNR volunteer fire assistance grants awarded to rural fire departments

  • 12/7/2016 10:30:00 AM
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More than $206,000 in 50 percent cost-share grants have recently been awarded to 83 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.  The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression, personal protective and communications equipment.
Lower Des Moines River Expedition Set to Launch in July

Lower Des Moines River Expedition Set to Launch in July

  • 6/9/2016 1:16:00 PM
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KEOSAUQUA – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 53 miles of the lower Des Moines River between Eldon and Farmington, from July 11 to 15 with Project AWARE. Early registration ends June 17.
Iowan Selected as National Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor of the Year

Iowan Selected as National Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor of the Year

  • 5/31/2016 1:03:00 PM
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Rick Cerwick flashes back to the days when he started hunting, rolling down the Webster County gravel roads in the ‘63 Ford Galaxy 500 with mom and dad up front and he and his brothers and sisters in back competing to see who could spot the most rooster pheasants and who could retrieve them when dad shot one.
Project AWARE Cleanup to Take On Lower Des Moines River

Project AWARE Cleanup to Take On Lower Des Moines River

  • 3/29/2016 7:37:00 AM
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KEOSAUQUA – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 53 miles of the Lower Des Moines River between Eldon and Farmington from July 11 to 15.
Project AWARE Cleanup to Take on Lower Des Moines River

Project AWARE Cleanup to Take on Lower Des Moines River

  • 3/24/2016 7:11:00 AM
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KEOSAUQUA – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations cleaning up, learning about and exploring 53 miles of the Lower Des Moines River between Eldon and Farmington from July 11 to 15.
Iowa Citizens Playing Key Role in Tracking Imperiled Wildlife

Iowa Citizens Playing Key Role in Tracking Imperiled Wildlife

  • 2/2/2016 7:16:00 AM
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Peering through binoculars, a citizen scientist is watching a huge nest in a tree that is home to two bald eagles and their young, or are there three young in that nest? Hard to tell and a follow up visit will be needed; in the meantime, notes are taken and a peaceful hour is spent watching one of the most spectacular birds in North America.