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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.

As always, Volunteer Appreciation Day was a lot of fun, and everyone has started to get to know each other well enough that the “Three Truths and a Lie” game was easier than a few years ago.

We talked about the number of special events coming up in October at the Dickinson County Nature Center, including the Family Glow Walk/Run that is Saturday, Oct. 7. We are still in need of milk jugs to use for luminaries along the trail, so feel free to drop off any clean, empty milk jugs at the nature center by Friday, Oct. 6.

There is also an art exhibit opening 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, a children’s art class 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and a seed collecting program in the Kenue Park prairie 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Plus, this month’s Hike the Wild promises to be a historical and cultural experience as it takes people to Loon Lake Cemetery in Minnesota. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the nature center and caravan to the site to hear about the pioneers buried there.

Any Pollinator Paradise donations that come in should be made out to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County so they are tax-deductible. Volunteers do not need to give receipts; tax-deductible forms will be mailed to each donor.

The next Volunteer Appreciation Day will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6. See you then!

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