Are you passionate about the environment, conservation or education? Then volunteering with WCCB could be the perfect fit for you! Volunteer opportunities are listed below.  If you are interested in volunteering please email Karen  at or call 515-961-6169.

Volunteer Opportunities

Nature Center Front Desk Volunteer

The front desk volunteer will be responsible for greeting visitors, answering the phone, program registration, light cleaning, and preparation of educational materials. Preparation of materials may include, photocopying, filing, mailings, brochures, cutting out craft materials, etc.

Preferred Hours

Monday, Wednesday, or Friday                   1PM-4:30PM

Sunday           12PM-4PM

Osprey 5K

Held in April on a Saturday

3-4 hours

Assist with registration, hand out race packets, water station, serve refreshments, record racers times.

Native Plant Sale/Greenhouse

Held in May on a Saturday 8AM-12PM and Sunday 12PM-4PM

2-4 hour shift

Assist with selling plants,answering questions, and collecting emails.

Throughout the year

2 hours shifts

Volunteer in the greenhouse potting, watering, sorting plants, and weeding plants.

Iowa Butterfly Survey

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Plant Some Shade

Held in May on a Saturday

4 hours

Load trees into vehicles,hand out informational materials and check in visitors.

Butterfly Garden

Throughout Spring and Summer

2-4 hour shifts

Maintain the butterfly garden, plant flowers, weeding, mulch, and watering of plants.

Bird Feeder

Throughout the year

2 hours once a week

Empty, fill, and clean bird feeders around the nature center and the bird blind.

Halloween Hike

Held the Monday of Halloween week

4-5 hours one evening

Check in participants, serve refreshments, be a character (script & costume provided), or lead groups on the trail.

Mentor Deer Hunt

Weekend in late October

Assist a new hunter on a guided hunt at Lake Ahquabi.

Prairie Picnic

Held in September

4-6 hours

Collect donations prior to the event, setup silent auction, serve food, or assist with the live auction by carrying auction items around for bidders to see.

Kids Fish Day

First Saturday of June during free fishing weekend

4 hours

Assist with registering participants, t-shirt craft, measure fish, or cook & serve food.

Easter Egg Geocaching

Held on a Saturday in spring

2-4 hours

Fill eggs with candy prior to the event, set up waypoints, put out eggs, and assist with GPS instruction.

Wild Woman Workshop

Held on a Friday evening and Saturday

3-6 hours

Assist with preparing meals, cleanup of meals, or be a guest speaker for the workshop.

 Day Camp Craft Preparation


2 hours

Help prepare crafts for upcoming day camps. This may involve tracing items, cutting out materials, gluing, making copies, etc.

Membership Mailing and Recruitment

Monday through Friday during December

1-2 hour shifts

Fold letters, stuff envelopes, label, sort for bulk mailing, and contact members.

Post Flyers for Events

Throughout the year

1-2 hours per month

Deliver program flyers to various locations in Warren County.

Advertise events on various websites

Throughout the year Monday-Friday

2-4 hours per month

Submit various upcoming events to multiple websites here at the nature center.

Trail Maintenance

Throughout the year Monday through Friday

2-3 hours

Help maintain the trails by trimming trees, trail work, and picking up trash.

Invasive Species Removal

Throughout the year Monday through Friday

2-3 hours

Assist staff by removing invasive species throughout Warren County Parks.

All volunteers will be added to our email list online. will ask you to set up a free online account. Once your email is entered you will receive an email when WCCB is in need of volunteers. You can then choose to volunteer for specific events, times, and responsibilities as requested. All volunteers may be required to have a background check conducted by WCCB.

Volunteer Release Form