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Volunteer Opportunities

Bur Oak Land Trust currently maintains and preserves nine local natural areas for the enjoyment and education of the public. These areas are managed in part by the Trust’s Property Stewardship Specialist, volunteer property stewards, volunteers, and community organizations. Volunteers play a crucial role in maintaining and preserving our properties.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks on Trust properties including: prairie burns, invasive species removal, trash clean up, trail maintenance, planting native species, and harvesting prairie seed, to name a few. We have various workdays throughout the year to provide everyone the opportunity to volunteer on a Trust property. Bur Oak Land Trust also needs help in the office with mailing, publications, community relations, and events. If you wish to volunteer, we can find something for you, no matter what your experience.

If you are part of a group or organization and would like to schedule a volunteer day that would work better for you, feel free to contact us.

For workdays on the properties, contact Seth Somerville at seth@BurOakLandTrust.org or call 319-400-551 one.

General Volunteer Invasive Removal Workdays: check back often for new postings!

January 27th from 9:00AM – 11:30AM at Pappy Dickens: SIGN UP HERE

February 10th from 9:00AM – noon at Pappy Dickens: SIGN UP HERE

Property Stewards Workdays: check back for new postings!

Burn Crew: check back for new postings!

Interested in helping with property burns? Fill out this form: Burn Crew Info Form

AmeriCorps and CCI Team Workdays: check back for new postings!

 

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Notes from Seth

The winter solstice has come and gone, now I’m looking forward to an Iowa winter I remember as a child. I remember snow days and snow drifts, snow ball fights, snowmen, and sledding. All of those memories of playing outside in the winter weather are core memories. I want to make snow day memories with my children. I am also still waiting for a blanket of snow to tromp around in while I do forest-stand improvement work. I would like a blanket of snow so I can lay some prairie seed down efficiently using my old tracks as a guide. Please, Jack Frost, come visit us soon and often so we can remember what an Iowa winter should be like. Looking at the positive side, we have had great attendance at our spring-like workdays of late. Great strides were made this year building the volunteer ranks, and out of those volunteer events we have also recruited some new property stewards. Please keep your eye on our social media and our online signup as we will be adding new volunteer opportunities soon. Have a happy new year!


This is a before and after picture of the 2016 honeysuckle removal efforts at Pappy Dickens.

We had a great crew at Shimek with our new Yo-ho tools we recently obtained from a Yo-ho tool grant! This group was from NCCC (Americorp).

We had a great crew at Shimek with our new Yo-ho tools we recently obtained from a Yo-ho tool grant! This group was from NCCC (Americorp).

Hard working UNFI volunteers at Pappy Dickens (Oct 2015)

Hard working UNFI volunteers at Pappy Dickens (Oct 2015)

Pappy Dickens (Oct 2015)

Pappy Dickens (Oct 2015)

Pappy Dickens (Dec 2015)

Pappy Dickens (Dec 2015)

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