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Snyder Heritage Farm Winter Workday (Elkhart)

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Get outdoors with us one last time this winter. Volunteers will remove brush and non-native plants to help restore the native species in the prairie and oak savanna at Snyder Heritage Farm.

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.


For over 30 years, Snyder Heritage Farm has been slowly transitioning from a traditional farm to a beautiful blend of prairie, oak savanna, woodland and wetland ecosystems. It is now a 154-acre natural area just north of the Des Moines metro. Snyder Heritage Farm was donated to INHF by Al and Gladys Snyder, a couple who held a deep love for the land and wished to preserve the integrity of their farm and protect it from urban sprawl. It 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
  • Please arrive early to park and check-in.
  • You will be asked to sign a Volunteer Liability Waiver

Snyder Heritage Farm
11700 NE 64th St.
Elkhart, IA

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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.  


Thursday, February 8, 2024

1:00pm - 3:30pm

Snyder Heritage Farm
11700 NE 64th
Elkhart, IA 50073

Melanie Schmidt