Volunteer Appreciation Day is held 10 a.m. the first Monday of every month.

There is a lot going on with the Dickinson County Conservation Board and Nature Center!

Animal requests: Due to the volume of programming this summer, naturalists are not always available to assist with taking animals out for visitors. Before promising that a visitor can see an animal in person, please check with our naturalists.

Topography sandbox: The topographical sandbox exhibit has been moved to the front of the nature center for better viewing by staff and volunteers. The exhibit is for ages 10 and older, with guardian supervision required for ages 10-14. If kids are younger, please use positivity like, “This exhibit is actually for ages 10 and up, but little ones can go into the glacier and dig for fossils. That’s a great place for you!” If you have any issues, please talk with staff. Thanks for your patience as we adjust with this new exhibit.

Kenue Park wetland: A wetland is being restored on the west side of Kenue Park, if you see heavy equipment working in the park.

Kenue Park lodge: Construction is set to begin in July on the Kenue Park lodge, located on the land where the former County Home was located.

Brooks Golf update: Public input is still being taken regarding the future of Brooks Golf, so feel free to e-mail comments to naturecenter@co.dickinson.ia.us.

Osprey/swan updates: The osprey and swans are doing well this year, however, neither ended up laying eggs. Fingers crossed for next year!

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are needed for the 12-2 p.m. shift on Saturdays at the Westport Schoolhouse.

Also, mark your calendars for the Bee & Butterfly Festival 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Volunteers are needed for shifts 3:30-7 p.m.

Just as a reminder, we are closed July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

The next Volunteer Appreciation Day will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. See you there!

Volunteer opportunities
  • Front desk
  • Westport Schoolhouse
  • Events

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, download our volunteer form and please contact Kiley Roth:


Office: 712-336-6352

Cell: 712-339-1153