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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.

Thank you to all who attended the ALICE Training during the Volunteer Appreciation Day Monday, Aug. 7.

Representatives from the Spirit Lake Police Department came to the Dickinson County Nature Center to talk about what to do in case of an active shooter emergency and shared helpful tips of how to be proactive in case of such an extreme situation.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate and should be used in a non-linear fashion in case of an active killer situation. Anyone with questions can follow up with community relations coordinator Kiley Roth as to protocol specific to the nature center.

To finish up the volunteer training, a sign up sheet for Bee & Butterfly Festival positions was presented. Openings are still available for crafts, monarch tagging registration, the welcome table and Pollinator Paradise. If you are available 3:15-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, please contact Kiley to sign up to help!

See you at the next Volunteer Appreciation Day 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11!

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