Iowa DNR Invites Public to Help Spring Cleanup

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is inviting communities to help with spring clean-up events in April and May.

During the clean-up events, work at each park is dependant on the park's needs. Work may include picking up branches and litter, painting, trail work, and clipping back limbs and plants.

Parks with clean-up events in eastern Iowa include:

• Bellevue State Park, Jackson CountyApril 21, 9 a.m. Help paint picnic tables and fire rings, remove vegetation on trails, and more. Dress appropriately for outdoor work. Volunteers can bring their own rakes, clippers and paint brushes. Tools will also be provided by the park staff. Meet at the Dyas Unit shower building. Contact Andy Roach at (563) 690-8992.

• Palisades-Kepler State Park, Linn CountyMay 12, 10 a.m. Join the Friends of Palisades-Kepler to help with tree clean-up, leaf raking and trash pick-up along trails. Wear long sleeves and pants, and bring gloves and extra rakes if possible when meeting at the park lodge. Register by emailing: or contact Jim Hanson at (319) 895-6039.

• Bellevue State Park, Jackson CountyMay 19, 10 a.m. Volunteers will clean up the Butterfly Garden in the Nelson Unit. Volunteers can bring gloves and their own garden tools and/or seeds to help replant plots at the butterfly garden. People interested in volunteering will meet at the Bellevue State Park Nature Center. Contact Andy Roach at (319) 201-9235.

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