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Into the Wild, Out with the Mustard

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This event has been moved to May 5th due to weather.

You're invited to Heritage Valley, a 1,200-acre nature area near Decorah, for the 6th Annual Into the Wild, Out with the Mustard! 

Volunteers will work together in small groups to hand-pull garlic mustard, one of the most invasive non-native plants in Iowa. Garlic mustard spreads rapidly and displaces native plants and wildflowers. If left unchecked, it can do serious damage to wooded landscapes. An RSVP is requested for this event.

Two volunteer shifts are available. Sign up for one or spend the day with us! No experience necessary. Families welcome. Coffee, a sack lunch and equipment will be provided.

About Heritage Valley

Unrivaled in scope, Heritage Valley encompasses more than three miles of the Upper Iowa River in northeast Iowa. It includes a diverse mix native landscapes including woodland, prairie and floodplain, all managed primarily for native plants and wildlife. The property is owned and managed by INHF, which is currently raising funds to complete the project. Learn more about Heritage Valley and how you can help permanently protect it forever.

Please bring:
  • Clothes you don't mind getting beat up, work gloves and sturdy shoes
  • Hat, sunscreen and water bottle
  • All other equipment provided

  • No experience necessary
  • Families welcome
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
  • Port-a-pot on site
  • Terrain can be hilly and uneven. Volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level

Meeting location: Ellingson Bridge Dr. and Red Bud Dr. Decorah, IA 52101 (meeting location is just NORTH of this location)

From Decorah, leaving from W Water St., head west and make a slight right onto College Dr. At the intersection of College and Locust Rd., take a right and follow Locust Rd./W38 for 9 miles. At the intersection of W38 and Big Canoe Rd., take a right and follow for 5 miles. At the 3 way intersection of Balsam Rd., take a right following W60/Balsam Rd. to the intersection of Ellingson Bridge Dr. Take a left and follow Ellingson Bridge Dr. around the bend until you see an INHF sign.

From Waukon, go north on Hwy 76/9th St. NW out of Waukon. In 7 miles, take a left onto Iverson Bridge Rd. Go past Sandpiper Rd. At the first "Y" in the road, go left onto Ellingson Bridge Dr. At the 2nd "Y", go right to stay on Ellingson Bridge Dr. Go over the river and just after Red Bud Dr., look for an INHF sign and staff. Parking is available on a driveway on the left. 



Contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Louis at or 515-288-1846, ext. 35

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

8:30am - 4:30pm

Heritage Valley
Waukon, IA

Melanie Louis