UPCYCLE volunteers will help us improve our water quality, diversify our woodlands, and UPCYCLE invasive plants into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s birds, reptiles, and mammals. Volunteers will be provided gloves and tools to cut, remove, and treat invasive plants crowding out our woodlands and natives. The first 40 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!

Parking: Please use the NW entrance on Fluer Drive and park by the North Beach Concession Stand near the work area, or you may use the SE parking lot. Address is 2101 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321. See map for details: https://bit.ly/2023UpcycleMap

Safety: Please come prepared to walk on uneven surfaces into wooded areas, bend, lift, and carry loads, and cut down trees of various sizes. Wear appropriate clothing (long pants) to cover your body and protect it from cuts, scrapes, poison ivy, etc. Wear steel-toed boots or closed-toed work shoes to prevent foot injuries. Volunteers not wearing proper personal protective gear for plant removal work will be turned away. Volunteers will be treating the stumps of the brush with pesticide. No experience necessary – all training and tools will be provided.

Other: Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to participate, and their parent or legal guardian must register them online. You may bring your own tools and work gloves if you’d like, but all necessary items will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle.

If there is inclement weather on the day of the event the project will most likely be canceled. Text DSMVOLUNTEERS to 84483 to sign-up for weather-related updates.

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