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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Conservation Recognizes Volunteers at Awards Dinner

Volunteers are critical to so many aspects of county park operations. From organizing huge events like the Youth Jamboree and Big Holloween, to teaching students about the outdoors, to helping manage our local natural resources, volunteers do so much for the conservation department. 

Each year, Des Moines County Conservation recognizes its many volunteers with a dinner and awards ceremony held at Starr's Cave Nature Center. This year's event recognized the following volunteers:

  • The 2022 Volunteers of the Year are Zach and Denissa Cornic for their work at building and running a robust youth archery program in our community. Starting out as a local club, they recently started the state's first S3DA program and already have athletes that have secured full-ride scholarships to college to shoot competitive archery. 
  • The Volunteer Group of the Year award was given to the "Big Holloween" committee led by camp host Collette Groenewald for their work at creating the Big Holloween Event which has become one of the department's largest events of the year.
  • The Environmental Educator of the Year is Aron Kehoe and the Burlington High School Summer School program for their work at connecting student to the outdoors through varied activities throughout the summer.
  • The Outstanding Service Award goes to Lisa Louck, Iowa DNR District Forester and long-time volunteer with many DMCC events and programs including the annual Outdoor Youth Jamboree. Her service to the department goes way beyond her professional capacity as a forester so we wanted to recognize her for that.

Videos of the awards presentation can be found on Des Moines County Conservation's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Videos of the awards
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