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Land Care and Maintenance Volunteers Needed!

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Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.

Outdoor opportunity! As a land care and maintenance volunteer you will play an important role carrying out Prairiewoods' sustainability mission. Work varies by season and according to weather, but could include trail maintenance, planting, weeding, invasive species removal, harvesting, plowing, mowing, woodworking, other specific conservation or building projects, etc. We have a variety of opportunities and projects to suit different skill-sets and interests. Throughout the pandemic, Prairiewoods land has remained open to the public but our maintenance needs have continued to grow. We are still making strides to recover from a recent inland hurricane as well. Your support makes it possible to continue offering this place of peace and transformation at a time most needed. Interested? Contact Prairiewoods today at ecospirit@prairiewoods.org or call 319-395-6700 to learn more.

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About Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center


120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA 52233, US

Mission Statement

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center is a sacred space where people of all faiths and cultures are invited to explore and nurture their relationships with the Source of All Being, Earth, Self, and Others within an expanding understanding of the Universe Story.


Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center is a retreat and conference center focused on ecology and spirituality (or, as we call it, eco-spirituality). It is nestled in 70 acres of prairie and woodland in Hiawatha, Iowa. Prairiewoods is funded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, but it is open to people of all faiths and cultures. We are a non-profit organization offering:

  • a variety of programs and retreats to nurture your spirituality and your relationship with the environment
  • holistic services, such as massage and reflexology
  • healthy meals made on-site, primarily from local, organic ingredients
  • lodging for 35 people in our guest house and for 2 people in our straw-bale hermitages (small private cottages in the woods)
  • Wi-Fi enabled meeting spaces for companies and organizations looking to gather for workshops, planning sessions, seminars, retreats and conferences away from daily distractions (accommodating 2 to 70 people)
  • free access to 70 acres of quiet nature through walking trails, an outdoor labyrinth, a lending library with an extensive collection on the environment and a peaceful meditation room
Disaster Relief


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Prairiewoods120 E Boyson RdHiawatha, IA 52233



  • Disaster Cleanup
  • Gardening
  • Environmental Science
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Janitorial Maintenance


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • One-time projects or weekly/monthly opportunities. Please contact Prairiewoods for current needs.

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