• 2101 Fleur Drive | Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Dates: 8/18/2022
  • Location: Gray's Lake Park
  • Phone: (515) 248-6399
  • Start/End Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Overview

    UPCYCLE volunteers, in partnership with the City of Des Moines, Blank Park Zoo, Trees Forever, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation & Confluence Brewing help us improve our water quality, diversify our woodlands, and UPCYCLE our invasives into food & fun for Blank Park Zoo’s birds, reptiles, primates & mammals. Volunteers will be provided gloves & tools to cut, remove & treat invasive plants crowding out our woodlands & natives. The first 30 volunteers that sign up online AND attend the event will get a drink ticket to be redeemed following the workday at Confluence Brewing next door (sorry, limited to first 30 only)!

    Gray’s Lake Park is a beautiful area, but the beneficial native species in the woodlands are competing with many invasive species such as honeysuckle. These invasive species shade out the native plants and dominate the landscape. We are working hard to open up the woodlands, bring back the natives, and increase diversity to create healthier natural areas. There are even added benefits reaching out beyond our woodlands as native species do a better job of holding the soils together and keeping them in place preventing them from running off into our creeks and streams. Although we don’t need these invasive species in our woodlands, they’ll help fill needs at the Blank Park Zoo where animals can use them for food, play, and practice foraging, flying, and other skills.

    COVID-19: In order to comply with emergency proclamations by the Governor or Mayor, as such may be amended from time to time, and as public health guidelines evolve, for the safety of staff and the public, the Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel at any time. In addition, the Department reserves the right to change the registration requirements at any time. The Department will contact the volunteers as soon as reasonably possible with such cancellation or changes.

    The City of Des Moines cannot guarantee that the volunteer or any of the event attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. Volunteers and attendees use the City’s facility at their own risk.