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UpCycle Stewards: August

You're invited to Gray's Lake Park for an evening of getting outside and giving back at one of Des Moines' most popular parks. 

Together, we will remove invasive plants from areas in the woodlands around the lake. After the event, organizers will take the plants to Blank Park Zoo where they will be "upcycled" into food for the zoo animals. No RSVP necessary - just show up!

Join us at Confluence Brewing Co. after the event where the first 30 volunteers over the age of 21 will receive a free beer compliments of confluence as a thank you for their efforts.

About UpCycle Stewards

UpCycle Stewards is a joint effort between Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines Parks and Recreation 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 Park. Volunteers who attend all three UpCycle events will be entered to win a Blank Park Zoo family four pack and feed bundle, which includes food to feed the parakeets, ostriches, giraffes, kid's kingdom animals and fish!

What to bring:
  • Water bottle
  • Sturdy boots or shoes that can get muddy
  • Hat, gloves, sunscreen
  • No experience necessary.
  • Children age 14+ welcomed.
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
  • Restrooms on site.

Gray's Lake Park is located in the heart of Des Moines east of Fleur Dr. and north of Bell Ave. Volunteers should meet in the SE parking lot via the N entrance of the lake.


Contact Joe Jayjack at or 515-288-1846 x19

  1. central iowa
  2. central iowa trails system
  3. des moines
  4. events
  5. get outdoors
  6. gray's lake
  7. inhf
  8. stewardship
  9. volunteer
  10. woodland


Thursday, August 17, 2017

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Gray's Lake
2101 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50315

Joe Jayjack