The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) needs volunteers to help with state park spring cleaning. Throughout April and May, the DNR will be hosting volunteer days at parks around the state. Activities include picking up litter, planting trees and plants, painting, and clearing trails. Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather and bring gloves.

Decreased funding to the DNR in recent years has left parks with fewer maintenance workers. Volunteers at these spring cleanup days are critical to ensuring parks remain open for the public to enjoy.

April 20th

Lake Anita State Park, Cass County


Meet at the campground near the popcorn stand

April 21st

Springbrook State Park, Guthrie County


Meet at the campground gazebo

Bellevue State Park, Jackson County


Meet at the Dyas Unit shower building

Elk Rock State Park, Jasper County


Meet at the equestrian campground

April 22nd

Walnut Woods State Park, Polk County


Meet in the campground

April 28th

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area, Webster County


Meet at the park office

May 12th

Palisades-Kepler State Park, Linn County


Meet at the park lodge

May 19th

Bellevue State Park, Jackson County


Meet at the nature center

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