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

We made recycled T-shirt bags at the October Volunteer Appreciation Day (see how to make them here.) It’s a great craft to use up the over-abundance of T-shirts that we all have!

Then we talked about the Bee & Butterfly Festival, which drew in about 900 people, and took comments from volunteers who helped out during the festival. If you have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail Kiley at kroth@co.dickinson.ia.us. We are so appreciative of everyone who helped out. We literally couldn’t do it without you!

There is a new art exhibit in the eARTh exhibit area at the nature center. Danielle Clouse Gast’s landscapes will be up through December, and her exhibit opening is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Enjoy appetizers and wine, and hear her speak at 6 p.m.

Sherrie Palmer and John Sunner have put their unique nature collection on display in the nature center library, and it will be available to view through March. If you have a nature collection, please contact the nature center and set up a six-month window to display it.

The Family Glow Walk is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Find out more information here!

Information will be released soon about the first Run the Bend 5K to be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area. Watch for information on how to register!

Bring the kids in costume to the Howlin’ Halloween party 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Hear a lesson on coyotes, and all those dressed up will receive a treat.

Don’t forget the next Volunteer Appreciation Day 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5. See you then!

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