Dallas County Conservation to host Year of the Volunteer

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The Dallas County Conservation Board invites you to attend the Year of the Volunteer program at the Forest Park Museum from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.

The agency is making an intentional effort to encourage people like you to engage in meaningful volunteer work. Some projects will be seasonal and short-lived, while others will be ongoing and at the leisure of individual volunteers.

Like all the volunteers who worked so hard to “wake up the prairie” at Kuehn Conservation Area, the organization hopes to reconnect with our purpose as caretakers and give back to the land. The goal is to have a group of committed people, reconnecting with the outdoors.

According to Conservation Board Environmental Education Coordinator Chris Adkins, “There are a number of opportunities for individuals to get involved, from habitat projects and bird monitoring to conducting oral histories or adopting a section of trail. The citizens of central Iowa truly can make a difference.”

This introductory event will showcase a number of types of volunteer projects, and then participants can explore areas of interest more in-depth. Conservation Board staff will be on hand to highlight upcoming needs as the department kicks off the year of the volunteer.

Preregistration is required for this free program. To preregister, contact the Dallas County Conservation Board at 515-465-3577 or conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov.

Ken Keffer is the outreach coordinator for the Dallas County Conservation Board.

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