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RAVE: Great Western Trail

Join us for a Random Act of Volunteering for the Earth (RAVE)! Bike or drive down to Cumming help us remove brush from a remnant prairie that sits hidden along the Great Western Trail. One volunteer has taken the initiative to care for it the past few years and has asked for some help. Let’s see how much we can accomplish in 1.5 hours! After the event, volunteers are invited to gather at the Cumming Tap. All volunteers will receive a drink ticket as a token of appreciation for their time and effort. 

INHF helped to establish this trail some 20 years ago. It's now jointly managed by the Polk and Warren County Conservation Boards. 

Thank you to our event partners: Polk County Conservation Board, Warren County Conservation Board, The Cumming Tap

What: We’ll use hand tools and herbicide to remove invasive plants from a prairie.

When: Tuesday, April 18th from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Just south of the Cumming Tap along the trail. There is a parking lot just W of the Cumming Tap at the Great Western Trailhead. Walk south on the trail until you see us!

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What to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Sturdy boots or shoes that can get muddy
  • Hat, gloves, sunscreen
  • If biking, a change of clothes (long pants/jeans are ideal)


  • No experience necessary.
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
  • Nearest toilet is at the Cumming Tap.
  • Terrain can be hilly and uneven, but we encourage people to work at their own pace.

NO RSVP REQUIRED! Just show up! With questions, email, call or text Mary: or 515-238-9974.

About RAVE

RAVEs are quick, after-work spurts of hard work followed by a beer or food. We’ll bring the supplies — all you have to do is show up.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Great Western Trail
Cumming, IA

Mary Runkel