Care about clean water and love being out on the lakes? You can help make a difference by volunteering for the Cooperative Lakes Area Monitoring Project (CLAMP), coordinated by the Iowa Lakeside Lab. CLAMP volunteers work in teams to collect and process water samples to check nutrient and algae levels in the lakes, test the lake temperature and oxygen levels, and measure for clarity. If you can offer about a half day of your time 3 times a summer, you can help CLAMP.
Coffee and Grounds
If you enjoy working in the great outdoors, learning about nature, and making friends, Coffee and Grounds is the program for you. The group works to restore the grounds of the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory to its native ecosystem, then socializes over coffee and pastries on the porch. Meetings are every Tuesday morning at 8:30 at Waitt Lab.
This group meets the third Thursday of June, July, and August to discuss local conservation issues with an expert. Coffee is served on the porch at Waitt Lab at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.
IOWATER is a volunteer-based water quality monitoring program run by the DNR. Equipment is free, and volunteers can monitor when and where they would like. All that volunteers need to do is attend an 8-hour workshop. To learn more, visit IoWater or contact the Dickinson County Nature Center at 712-336-6352.