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UpCycle Stewards (Des Moines)

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Get outdoors and help restore some of Des Moines' most popular outdoor areas while also helping animals at Blank Park Zoo!

Together, volunteers will help restore land for native plants by removing invasive species in the greater Des Moines area. After the event, organizers will take the plants to Blank Park Zoo where they will be "upcycled" into food for the zoo animals.

An RSVP is required. Space is limited. 

About UpCycle Stewards

UpCycle Stewards is a joint effort between Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Blank Park Zoo, City of Des Moines, Confluence Brewing and Trees Forever. Events are held the third Thursday of each month June through August from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Gray's Lake. Volunteers (21+) are invited to enjoy a complimentary beverage from Confluence Brewing Company after the event. 

What to bring:
  • Please feel free to bring your own tools, work gloves, face mask, hand sanitizer, etc. if you'd like; but we will provide all tools, work gloves, and PPE (including disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant) if you do need them.
  • We recommend wearing long pants and closed-toe shoes, and please bring your own reusable water bottle.
  • Please bring your own water bottle. A water cooler will be available.
  • No experience necessary
  • Families welcome
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
  • Restrooms on site

Please use the NW entrance on Fluer Drive and park in the parking lot by the North Beach Concession Stand. Work area will be on the north side of Gray’s Lake. Look for event signage.



If you have any questions or concerns, please email


Thursday, July 20, 2023

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Gray's Lake
2101 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50315

Melanie Schmidt