Volunteers pull garlic mustard in Allamakee County

Volunteer with INHF

We believe that together, we can do more.

Four young women at a prairie seed harvest
Breen Prairie Seed Harvest, 2020

Volunteers are at the heart of INHF's mission. Without them, vital conservation work all across Iowa would be left undone.

No matter where your passion lies, we invite you to join us. INHF volunteers partake in land restoration work on current INHF projects and privately owned areas and event outreach, as well as behind-the-scenes effort that helps us expand our mission. 

Current volunteer opportunities

Join us on the land at one of our upcoming volunteer events! We work across the state on a variety of landscapes. Get outdoors and explore our great state. Find upcoming events here.

Other ways to volunteer

If you are looking to get involved in ways other than our upcoming events, we may have an opportunity for you. We work with many groups and individuals to develop ideas for unique volunteer opportunities. Learn more about how to customize your volunteer experience with INHF.

Samples of volunteer opportunities:

Land Restoration (typically outside and event-based):

  • Remove invasive species from the prairies or woodland to restore native habitat
  • Clean up and maintain multi-use trails
  • Harvest seed to expand the prairie

Communication and Outreach:

  • Work at outreach events to share INHF’s mission with new audiences
  • Raise funds for land protection projects
  • Take photographs
  • Assist with mailings or organizing photos
  • Write a blog post


  • Lead education workshops
  • Add your creative twist to our volunteer events (like Cowboy Poetry at lunch)
  • Help with large-event execution or local volunteer recruitment
  • Conduct species inventories
  • Assist our land stewardship crew outside as needed

Questions? Contact Melanie Schmidt, INHF volunteer coordinator, at mschmidt@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 35.