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Brandes Winter Workday (Cedar Falls)

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Curb your cabin fever with an afternoon outdoors! Volunteers will remove brush and non-native plants helping to restore habitat near Cedar Falls. 

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush. Participants may work to remove plants with thorns and/or alongside an experienced chain sawyer. No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome.

An RSVP is required.


The Brandes property was bequeathed to INHF in 2021 after landowner, Mary Brandes, passed away. The property includes a mix of cropland, CRP, woodland and pasture. Mary’s wish for her land was that the property be preserved for environmentally sound agricultural use and wildlife protection in perpetuity. The land offers a variety of habitat for various wildlife and plant species. The Brandes property is now owned and stewarded by INHF.

  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Long pants and layers. You may be working with thorny plants so sturdy clothes that can withstand rips (or you don't mind ripping) are encouraged.
  • Work gloves and water bottle
  • A hiking stick, binoculars, field guide and/or camera, if you like
  • No experience necessary
  • Families welcome
  • There will NOT be a restroom on site
  • You will be asked to sign a Volunteer Liability Waiver

The property is just south of 7210 Wagner Rd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 (look for INHF signage for parking).


Contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at 

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is committed to an equitable opportunity for volunteers to gather, in which we strive toward an environment that is both safe and welcoming for all. INHF continues to work toward creating a more inclusive environment that encourages, supports and affirms the diverse backgrounds of our volunteers. Attendees whose words, actions or behaviors make other attendees feel unsafe or unwelcome at INHF volunteer events will be asked to leave.  


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

1:00pm - 3:30pm

Brandes Property
Cedar Falls, IA

Melanie Schmidt