People of all ages are welcome to volunteer at Neal Smith NWR. Signing up requires only a few simple steps. You can download and print forms from this page, and then send them in via email, fax (515-994-3459) or mail (P.O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228).
New volunteers need to fill out and submit both the application and the volunteer services agreement below. Next, contact the volunteer coordinator, Megan Wandag, by email or phone at 515-994-3400 to discuss your skills, interests, goals and schedule. We will work together to find a project that meets our needs and achieves your personal goals.
If you have already spoken to the volunteer coordinator about an opportunity, you may only need to fill out and submit the Volunteer Services Agreement. This form is required annually for all volunteers.
Volunteer Services Agreement - download and complete the relevant blocks on both sides, making sure to sign about mid-way down on the back. If you are over 18, complete the blocks on the front of the form, check the boxes on the back and SIGN the back. If you are under 18, the child (i.e. the volunteer) completes the front of the form, the parent or guardian completes the back, and BOTH the adult and the child must sign on the back. Note that EACH volunteer under 18 must have an agreement signed by a parent or guardian.
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A grassland specialist, this medium-sized owl can often be seen in winter and is easily identified by its characteristic floppy flight. Photo by Jason Murphy.