We LOVE our volunteers.

We have opportunities for volunteers of all kinds. Whether you are looking to be “on call,” have interest in a specific project, have a unique skill set to offer, or want to volunteer on a regular basis, we’d love to have you! Let us know what you’re interested in by completing the Volunteer Application. 

Volunteer Contact:

Rachel Bailey | Program Registrar & Volunteer Coordinator
319-362-0664

Please note: Some positions, such as those involving interaction with children, also require references and background checks.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Our volunteers make our mission possible — we couldn’t do it without them.
“I have volunteered at the Nature Center for decades, so obviously it calls to me! The Nature Center is “my place.” It has everything for volunteers – great people, abundant learning opportunities, variety, and the chance to be a part of nature. When I spend time there I don’t just help in my community, I have a great time. I can’t imagine a week without my fix.”
– Mary Kopecky, Volunteer & Artist in Residence

If you love nature, teaching kids, getting out on the land, or simply lending a helping hand, Indian Creek Nature Center is your place! ICNC’s important work would not be possible without volunteers. They share their unique talents and enthusiasm with an eagerness to learn. Volunteers unselfishly add an amazing source of energy and community support. From school field trips or special events to daily operations and land stewardship, all aspects of the Nature Center are enriched by the dedication of our volunteers.

We have opportunities that align with varying interests and skill sets:

Special Events including:

Maple Syrup Festival (March)
Women in Nature (April)
Spring Plant Sale (May)
Creek Camps (June, July, August)
Monarch Fest (July)
Nature’s Noel (December)
  • Teacher-Naturalists
    If you want to share your love of nature with the next generation, consider becoming a teacher-naturalist (TN)! TN’s lead students of all ages on visits to the Nature Center. You do NOT need to be a teacher to be a teacher-naturalist! The Nature Center provides a complete training regularly the school year.
  • Scout Program Leader
    Similar to our Teacher-Naturalist program, Scout Program leaders provide quality programming for area scouts. Not an expert? That’s ok – we provide training!
  • Land Stewardship & Trail Maintenance
    Come be a part of our land team. Work varies with the season and may include planting, weeding, invasive removal, chainsawing, mulching, and more! Come get your hands dirty!
  • Building & Grounds Maintenance
    Whether you enjoy painting, building, or lifting heaving objects, there is always a project going on! Some examples include setting up for events, installing outdoor signage, and winterizing our outdoor classroom.
  • Offsite Community Educational Opportunities
    Volunteers often staff booths at area events. This is a fun way to interact with the public while sharing your love of the Nature Center’s mission.
  • Creekside Shop, Clerical & Special Projects
    Our office is a busy place year-round! Occasionally we need help with data entry, shop inventory and more.
  • Friends of the Nature Center (Guild)
    A group of committed volunteers whose efforts are directed to raising funds for ICNC through Plant Sale and Nature’s Noel. 
“ICNC allows me to teach the fun stuff to kids of all ages. Teaching children about nature in Iowa is a reminder to me how important spending time outdoors is for everyone, even in bad weather, and just a couple hours of my time can make a huge difference in a child’s experience.”
– Jenni Semelroth, Volunteer Teacher-Naturalist
“An essential part of my experience has been to learn from the great staff, fellow volunteers, and yes, the students as they ask intrepid questions. I would recommend volunteering at ICNC for anyone with an interest in making a difference. Thank you for letting me be part of the wonderful Indian Creek Nature Center team!”
– Steve Keane, Volunteer Teacher-Naturalist

ICNC Volunteer Application

Fill out and submit the form below to apply and be considered for volunteer opportunities with Indian Creek Nature Center.

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