The mission of the DCCB is to enhance the quality of life of our citizens by providing quality outdoor recreation facilities, environmental education, and by promoting the long-term protection of Dubuque County’s natural resources and heritage.
13606 Swiss Valley Rd
Volunteer Need 1
Weekend Volunteer: Swiss Valley regular staff work throughout the week or programs during the weekends and we sometimes need help to keep the Nature Center open on the weekends. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whole day shifts or half day shifts are available. Volunteers are trained in greeting visitors, answering phones, and the general procedures in opening and closing the Nature Center.
Volunteer Need 2
Special Service Groups Volunteer: Swiss Valley Nature Center works with area groups on larger land and facility management projects. Such groups include: Boy/Girl scouts, local churches, friends groups, schools, and more! Tasks could include tree planting, construction of wood duck or blue bird houses, or invasive species management.
Volunteer Need 3
Land Management: Habitat Restoration: Staff will provide safety equipment and an opportunity to maintain Dubuque County Conservation areas as well as teach volunteers techniques that can be implemented on their own property. Techniques will include invasive species removal, tree planting, trail maintenance and more! Trail Ambassador: Volunteers act as a liaison for Dubuque County Conservation to the public and provide trail maintenance. Possible duties include: trash collection, pruning woody vegetation, informing staff of items needing attention such as downed limbs, washouts, graffiti, social interactions with trail users, and more! Maple Syruping: Work with staff to tap maple trees or monitor the evaporator and watch the sap turn into syrup!
Volunteer Need 4
Volunteer Naturalists: Over 20,000 students receive environmental education each year at Dubuque County Conservation areas. These visits provide students with a unique field experience taught by both staff and trained volunteers. A desire to learn more about nature and a willingness to share your enthusiasm and knowledge with students is all that is needed to be a volunteer naturalist. Prior experience is not necessary since training is provided.