Todd Coffelt, the DNR’s State Parks Bureau chief, says spring cleanup events are scheduled through this month and next (April and May) at nearly a dozen parks across the state.
“One of the easiest things people will be able to help with is trash,” Coffelt said. “The other thing – they’ll be picking up branches from trees that’ve fallen on the ground.” Other work could involve painting and clipping back limbs and plants. The DNR hosted a similar volunteer event at the end of September, as many of the state park campgrounds were closing.
“Just in the timing of the two events, we kind of have a kickoff for the spring and a wrapup for the fall,” Coffelt said. The list of state park volunteer events – with locations, dates, and times – can be found on the Iowa DNR’s website.