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National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project
(Various Locations Greater DM Metro)
May 7, 8 & 11

May 7 4:15-7:30 p.m.
May 8 4:15-7:30 p.m.
May 11 11:15-2:30 p.m.

Volunteer in a nationwide bicycle and pedestrian count.  Collected data helps with community planning, securing funding and support for new trails, bike lanes and more.  Training is provided & volunteers can earn rewards such as Zombie Burger gift cards or free MAR 2014 registration.  

Helping our Habitat & Improving our Water Quality
Native Plant Sale Helpers
Friday, May 17, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m.  -2:00 p.m.
Gray's Lake Terrace
Did you know that Iowa was once covered with 30 million acres of native prairie? Today there is only 1/10 of 1% left! The public will be encouraged to visit Gray's Lake May 17 - 18 and talk to the experts on how you can bring a little bit of prairie to your own backyard at the annual native plant sale. Available plants will be suitable for different types of sites from rain gardens to dry areas but we need prairie helpers that will help make this educational sale a success.
Region II US Youth Soccer Volunteers Needed! 
June 20-26 (Various Shifts)
Level 1 teams from across the 14-state association "Region II" will compete
for a chance to go to the nationals.  Show your soccer spirit and help bring business to Iowa.   There will be over 200 teams, 3,500 players and an estimated 12,000 spectators.  US Youth Soccer's Local Organizing Committee is seeking volunteers across a wide range of positions - everything from working concessions, to helping with parking to driving a shuttle.   Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lori Breiholz at

Dog Park Ambassadors
Join our team of grrrr-eat volunteer dog park ambassadors!  Our Dog Parks need your support to be a success!  We're looking for outgoing dog lovers to welcome dogs & owners to the park.  Dog Park Ambassadors make sure all dogs & owners have an outstanding experience by educating users about the park, making sure visitors have the proper permit and everyone is complying to the rules.  Ambassadors will receive training from staff and can earn a free permit for volunteering 40 hours in a year.  


Riverwalk Dog Park sign
Enjoying the Ewing Dog Park
Ewing Dog Park
4600 Indianola Road

Flexible Shifts available

Riverwalk Dog Park 
1111 Illinois Street

Flexible Shifts Available

*Coming Soon! 
Reno Dog Park 
3533 E Douglas Avenue
Flexible Shifts Available

  • Thank you to Mike Kellar & the Westwood Neighborhood Association, Dale Woods and Iowa Geocacher's, Steve Miller and the more than 70 volunteers that gathered on a rainy Easter weekend to clean-up Walnut Creek Watershed.  Thank you also to Donut King for the goodies for our sweet volunteers!
  • Thank you to Angie & Todd McBride and almost 30 volunteers that gathered along the Neal Smith Trail (by Iowa Lutheran Hospital) to clean up litter, debris and brush cluttering the hillside.  They nearly filled a 30 yard dumpster!  Thank you also to Zanzibars Coffee Adventure on Ingersoll, Metro Waste Authority, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Ichi Bike & Hy-Vee for your support. 
  • Thanks to the Mayor's Annual Ride for Trails volunteers who helped with registration and rest-stop.  Big thanks especially to the American Society of Landscape Architects for hosting the rest-stop. 
  • Thanks to Bill Hansen and the SW 9th Merchant's Association and surround neighbors that helped spruce up MacRae Park last weekend. 
  • Thanks to Cornerstone Church for coming out to Greenwood & continuing our battle against invasive garlic mustard. 
  •  Thank you to the 1400+ Earth Day Trash Bash volunteers from more than 50 teams that worked on 80+ projects throughout the Greater Des Moines Metro.  Volunteers removed invasive species, planted flowers, picked up litter and helped improve our water quality and waterways.  They braved the wind and the rain and we are so thankful for their commitment to our community. 
Thank you to the Principal Financial Group, Big CIty Burgers and Greens, Kum and Go, Waste Management and the City of Des Moines for your Diamond Sponsorships!
Congratulations to our award winners:
  • Big Buttowski (Most Cigarette Butts)-The Principal Financial Group-over 37 lbs!
  • Finders Keepers (Most Unusual Item)-Merchants Bonding-old railroad cart
  • Team Spirit-The Stelter Company
Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors and 2013 Planning Committee: Metro Waste Authority, Polk County Conservation, Des Moines Water Works, Cargill, Ernst & Young, Greenstar, Wells Fargo, Meredith, ING, Southsider Studios, MidAmerican Energy, Ingersoll Business Committee, Green & Sustainable Clive-Jennifer Easler & Connie Struve, Walnut Creek Watershed Association, West Des Moines Parks & Recreation, Michelle Ketelsen & Megan Volp. 
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City of Des Moines-Parks and Recreation
Callie Le'au Courtright, Parks and Recreation Supervisor
Nicole McLuen, Recreation Program Coordinator
3226 University, Des Moines, IA 515-248-6380