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Restore Our Woodlands: Brown’s Woods Invasive Invaders

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm



Invasive species removal is at the forefront of restoration efforts in our Iowa woodlands. Spend your time on the frontline of this continuous battle as we remove non-native plant species in a forest habitat to protect the next generation of oaks and bring back native wildflowers and other valuable species while also improving nesting sites and food sources for wildlife. This restoration work also reduces soil erosion and sedimentation buildup in nearby waterways which protects watersheds and improves water quality.

Volunteers will learn how to properly identify invasive species, the techniques to remove them, and about the resulting benefits of this important conservation work in the woodlands of Brown’s Woods, Iowa’s largest urban forest in West Des Moines along the Raccoon River.

This event begins at 10 AM and end at 3 PM with a lunch break from 12 – 1PM. Come for the morning, afternoon, or both – participants are encouraged to come and go per their desired hours.

ACTIVITY: Woodland habitat restoration – invasive plant species removal



By registering for this event, I acknowledge that it may include a registration waitlist. In the event that I and/or members of my group are unable to attend, I will cancel my registration to allow for others to join this event.

DEADLINE: Register by noon the day prior. If the event is at capacity, contact Volunteer Coordinators to inquire about participation.

COST: Free


AGES: This event is appropriate for ages 8+. No experience necessary.

Ages 12+ will be permitted use of hand tools

Ages 18+ will be permitted use of power tools and equipment

WHAT TO BRING: It is recommended to dress for the weather. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring a pair of gloves, if you have them – gloves provided for those without. In an effort to promote sustainability at this even, please bring a refillable water bottle.

Each event participant will be provided proper personal protective equipment and training as needed

LOCATION DETAIL: Brown’s Woods | Meet in the park parking lot – follow signs for overflow parking

CONTACT: ConservationVolunteers@polkcountyiowa.gov

Polk County Conservation strives to host inclusive, accessible events and meetings that enable all individuals to participate. If you anticipate needing a modification due to a disability or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at 515-323-5300 or pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov.


Brown’s Woods
465 SE Brown's Woods Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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