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Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Front desk
  • Events
  • Naturalist displays & programs
  • Westport Schoolhouse
  • And much more!

-Set up a time to meet or talk with the Volunteer Coordinator to go over possibilities!


“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time they just have the heart!” – Elizabeth Andrews

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

The May Volunteer Appreciation Day began with volunteers stringing together a story. Each person had a piece of string of different lengths and while winding it around her index finger had to introduce herself and talk until the string was wound up. Some ran out of time, some had to keep going and going and going.

The we got into the meat of things with the What’s New section.

  1. Osprey update: The osprey mother is sitting on three eggs. The solar-powered camera has been down because of a lack of sun, but hopefully will get some power this week with nicer weather. You can watch the osprey here and read their weekly diary on our blog.
  2. Predator exhibit: Take a look at the new grizzly bear mount and “How Do You Measure Up” predator exhibit in the lower level of the Dickinson County Nature Center.
  3. Art exhibit: The eARTh exhibit area features mixed media art by Diane O’Hern of Eagle Grove. Stop in through June to see her exhibit and register for her family-friendly art classes 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at the nature center.
  4. Library exhibits: Two new collections are on display in the Henry & Norma Meyer Library inside the nature center. One geology collection features rocks from North America, while the other features geology from Madagascar. Read a blog post on the Madagascar rock collection here.
  5. Summer schedule: Beginning May 27, the Dickinson County Nature Center will be open for its summer hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise in Kenue Park will open Tuesday, June 13.
  6. Bingo night: All active volunteers will be invited to Volunteer Bingo Night 6 p.m. Monday, June 5. Bring a friend or family member to this fun event that replaces the typical morning Volunteer Appreciation Day in June.

Annual volunteer training days will be held May 24 or May 25; you need only attend one day. Training times are 9 a.m. nature center volunteers, 11 a.m. Pollinator Paradise volunteers and 1 p.m. Westport Schoolhouse volunteers May 24 or 9 a.m. Pollinator Paradise volunteers, 11 a.m. Westport Schoolhouse volunteers and 1 p.m. nature center volunteers May 25.

Kiley Roth will be in contact with summer volunteers in the next two weeks. If you would like to sign up to volunteer at Pollinator Paradise or Westport Schoolhouse contact her at 712-336-6352 or e-mail kroth@co.dickinson.ia.us.

Photo of man working on a tree stump

Harlan Christenson puts a handle on a tree stump exhibit.

Photo of a woman planting seeds

Joan Gronstal plants butterfly milkweed seeds.

Photo of a woman sewing

Ruth Nolting sews pillows for the fox den.

Photo of people making cotton candy

Willia Mueske and Penny Wilson make cotton candy during the Bee & Butterfly Festival.


“I enjoyed sharing my experiences in country school. Young people were always “absorbed” when hearing the stories, games, and happenings that I shared. Even “older” visitors, that have never attended “country school” were intrigued.”
– Jerry Wiekamp – Volunteer since 2009

If you are wondering what you can do to help out at the nature center; please contact the community relations coordinator. Kiley Roth will sit down with you and discuss the possibilities available.

“You need to get involved in order to appreciate the Nature Center!”
Shirley Rasmussen – Volunteer since 1996

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


Nature center: 712-336-6352

Cell: 712-339-1153