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Invasive Species Removal at Snyder Heritage Farm

Because of weather concerns, we’ve officially cancelled this event. HOWEVER, if you’re really feeling the itch to get outside/ visit a prairie or oak savanna or are just plain curious, 2 of our staff members are planning to be out there working anyway so you’re welcome to come. There will be coffee, hot chocolate and we’ll have lined gloves and a place to get out of the elements.

We absolutely DO NOT want anyone feeling pressured to come if the wind is supposed to gust at 25 mph with rain/snow intermixed.

Come frolic in the cold with us! We’re seeking volunteers to help us remove brush at Snyder Heritage Farm (10 minutes northeast of Ankeny)!

Winter can be a great time to work in the outdoors — no bugs, no humidity and no dense brush to work around. We promise hot drinks and a truly beautiful winter landscape!

This is an opportunity to explore an area not usually open to the public — an oasis not far from the Des Moines metro. When we’re not running the chainsaws, it’s a peaceful getaway unique with prairie, wetland, woodland and oak savanna habitat.

Brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut the brush from the land. Participants may also work next or with a certified chain sawyer who will also be cutting brush. No experience is necessary. All volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace.


Snyder Heritage Farm in Elkhart, Iowa. 
Please RSVP for directions (below).


Friday, February 24 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 


We recommend wearing layers, boots with warm socks and equipping yourself in gear that you don’t mind getting dirty or scratched up. Please bring water and lined winter work gloves (fear not, we will have some spares available). Wear a hat you could put under a helmet.

To RSVP, contact Mary Runkel, INHF volunteer coordinator, at or 515-288-1846, ext. 17.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

9:00am - 12:00pm

Snyder Heritage Farm
Elkhart, IA

Mary Runkel