Head to Heritage Valley, a 1,200-acre nature area near Decorah, for the 9th Annual Into the Wild, Out with the Mustard!
Volunteers will hand-pull garlic mustard, one of the most invasive non-native plants in Iowa, from Heritage Valley's woodlands. Garlic mustard spreads rapidly and displaces native plants and wildflowers. If left unchecked, it can do serious damage to wooded landscapes.
Two volunteer shifts are available, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Sign up for one or spend the day with us. A bag lunch will be provided. Rain date: Saturday, May 8.
An RSVP is required. Space is limited. Please arrive early to park and check-in.
ABOUT HERITAGE VALLEY
Folded into the far reaches of northeast Iowa, Heritage Valley lingers in the minds of those who visit. Oak-hickory woodlands cloak secluded hills and bluffs. Bony towers of limestone protrude from vibrant goat prairies on sun-soaked slopes. Three miles of the Upper Iowa River determinedly twists through its 1,182 acres. INHF purchased and permanently protected the property in 2007 and has been actively restoring and stewarding the land ever since.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & POLICIES
INHF has implemented some pandemic precautions and policies to help ensure everyone stays safe and healthy.
- We are asking EVERY volunteer to complete a COVID Liability Form and Volunteer Liability Waiver prior to attending any events. Completed forms may be sent to Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at email@example.com prior to the event. Please include the name of the event you plan to attend in the subject line. Forms will also be available on site the day of the event, though we encourage you to complete it in advance to help limit close interaction.
- Attendees are asked/expected to wear a mask during the initial check-in and introductions. Attendees who are comfortable wearing a mask during the work portion of the event are encouraged to do so but may remove them if they are able to appropriately distance themselves from other attendees.
- We will be providing all the necessary equipment, but are asking each volunteer to bring along their own work gloves, mask and water bottle. Hand sanitizer will be available at the work day and all equipment will be wiped down prior and after use by INHF staff.
- Attendance at events will be limited. Capacity will vary depending on event locations.
Thank you for helping us ensure we can all safely enjoy being on the land. Please email Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
EQUIPMENT & ATTIRE
Sturdy shoes or hiking boots, long pants and layers
Mask, work gloves and water bottle
A hiking stick, binoculars, field guide and/or camera, if you like
- 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.
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Contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at email@example.com or 515-288-1846, ext. 35.
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.