Coralville Lake


Additonal Opportunities

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  • Location:  Various areas around Coralville Lake.
  • Time of Year:  Mid-March through mid-September
  • Description:  Monitor and maintain bluebird boxes.  Boxes need to be checked every ten to 14 days to ensure only bluebirds are using the boxes.  Damaged boxes will need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Location:  Various areas around Coralville Lake.
  • Time of Year:  Any
  • Description:  This project involves removing old fence posts and wire to make these areas more accessible with our prescribed fire equipment.  Any wooden fence posts that have not burned completely through at the bottom can be sawed off at ground level with a handsaw or chain saw.  Metal fence posts can be pulled with a fence post puller.  All fence wire needs to be removed from the posts and coiled.  Posts, fence wire, old railroad ties and any trash found in the area can be piled for removal by Coralville Lake staff. 
  • Location: Various prairies and woodlands, project wide
  • Time of Year:  Any
  • Description:  Remove invasive plants from specific prairies and woodland as part of our overall restoration efforts.  Currently there are four prairies and five woodland we are striving to restore.  Removal of Autumn Olive, Oriental Bittersweet, and Garlic Mustard is one of the first steps in reclaiming these areas.
  • Location:  Various prairie remnants, generally on the north side of the lake.
  • Time of Year:  Seed can be collected in mid-July through December and is weather dependent.
  • Description:  Collect seed from native prairie species to be planted into a 125-acre prairie restoration project.  No previous knowledge is required.  Interested parties will receive a short training session and some initial supervision.

Location:  Various prairies and woodlands around Coralville Lake

Time of Year:  Fall through Spring, weather dependent

Description:  Assist Coralville Lake staff in conducting prescribed burning of various woodland and prairie sites around Coralville Lake.  Prescribed burning is a very effective management tool for controlling exotic/invasive plant species and brush.  Prescribed fire also reduces the amount of dead vegetative matter that can build up over time – thus reducing the risk of large-scale out of control fires that can result from fuel load buildups.  Volunteers will be given instruction on safety and fire management.  They will be required to wear nomex clothing and a hard hat, which will be provided by Coralville Lake staff.  Completion of the S130 (Fire Fighter Training) and S190 (Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior) is required.

Natural Resource Program Volunteer Events

2018 Volunteer Events

DATES: The event dates are listed below in bold. Events start at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. however dates and times can be flexible to accommodate you or your group.

PROGRAMS: Each volunteer event will include a short (approximately 10 minute) program which will explain the environmental issue being addressed with the project.

CAMPING: The campgrounds will be open and free sites available for the dates listed behind each event in parentheses () for volunteers working a minimum of 4 hours. Early registration is strongly recommended.

HOW TO SIGN UP:  If you are interested in volunteering, please call (319) 338-3543 ext. 6306, or email Pre-registration is required a minimum of 24 hours prior to the event start time.


April 21: EARTH DAY EVENT.  Volunteers will participate in a variety of events, such as shoreline clean-up and invasive species removal.  An interpretive program will be included with each project. (April 20-22)

May 19: Shoreline Clean-up.  Volunteers will be removing trash along the shoreline of Coralville Lake; working from the shore or from boats. (May 18-20)


Sept. 29: NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY.  Volunteers will be working on a trail improvement project to address safety and sustainability issues. An interpretive program about forest ecosystems and trail maintenance will be included at the beginning of the event. (Sept. 28-30)

Oct.14: Prairie Seed Collection.  Volunteers will be hand collecting prairie seed from a variety of prairie remnants and reconstructions to be re-planted into a 125 acre restoration project along Ely Blacktop (County Road W6E).  An interpretive program about prairie ecosystems and restoration will be included at the beginning of the event. (Oct. 12-14)

Oct. 21: Prairie Seed Collection (see above description). (Oct. 19-21)

Nov. 4: Prairie Seed Collection (see above description).

Nov. 11: Prairie Seed Collection (see above description).

Additional dates can be arranged if none of the planned events suit your needs.