Earth Day and beyond: Get outside with FMR!

Two Super Volunteers

Super Volunteers Stacy and Allan. Photo by Anna Botz for FMR.

Believe it or not, March 20th marks the first day of spring! If you're ready to get outside, we've got plenty of opportunities for you to get your hands dirty with FMR.

Whether you want to help restore local natural areas, organize your own outing or keep things simple and join an existing event, we've got you covered.

If you're new to FMR events, you should know that we value our volunteers and understand your time is precious, so we aim to make the most it. We provide all of the details and directions and, for most events, we limit capacity to make sure everyone stays busy but there's still time to ask the ecologists questions. Also, we only work with volunteers on projects that are part of longer-term restoration plans or water quality programs. So your contributions — be it two hours or 20 (Super Volunteer level) — have lasting power. 

Are you looking for...

A large-scale Earth Day activity (canceled)

Join us for the annual Minneapolis River Gorge Stewards Earth Day cleanup, Saturday, April 21. Sorry! This event has been canceled due to the recent weather. We hope to publish a reschedule date soon! 

An opportunity to help restore local wildlife habitat and improve water quality, without a big commitment

  • Great! Most of the events on the FMR calendar are two to three hours in length and are a perfect fit for individuals and small groups.

  • Registrations are rolling in for most of our habitat restoration events. Consider celebrating Earth Day by signing up for one and sharing it with your friends via social media to encourage them to join you! We could especially use your help removing garlic mustard at the newly protected Houlton Farm!

A chance to organize an outing or presentation just for your group

  • If you have fewer than 20 and would like to arrange your own outing, we have a DIY storm-drain stenciling kit available just for you. 
  • If you have a group of 20 people or more and would like to arrange your own group volunteer outing with FMR, we'd be happy to stencil storm drains in St. Paul with you. Spring is booked but we are currently scheduling for summer and fall
  • FMR also offers experiential water-quality presentations for classrooms and select adult groups of approximately 30 people or more in St. Paul, and with youth groups in North and Northeast Minneapolis. We are currently booking presentations for summer and fall. Get in touch via this online form

Interested in turning your home, yard or neighborhood into a force for clean water

  • Yard and gardening practices are a significant contributor to the health of our local waters.
    • Attend an upcoming Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshop – dates coming soon! Let FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore know you're interested now and be among the first to receive workshop event notices.
    • While it's hard to replace a workshop, FMR's Landscape for The River page features the most practical and easy to follow local resources to help you get going on water- and wildlife-friendly projects for your yard this season.
  • Learn the top 10 actions you can take to help the river from the State of the River Report Stewardship Guide. Consider sharing the link on social media or printing to share with your neighbors!

A chance to speak up for the river

  • Join us for Water Action Day, Wednesday, May 2 at the Capitol!
  • Sign up to be a River Guardian to receive action alerts and speak up for the river when we need your help the most. River Guardians are also invited to special events, including happy hours, where we discuss important legislative and metro river corridor issues.

This is too many choices. Is there a human I can talk to?

Of course! FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore is happy to help and can be reached at 651-222-2193 x31, akilgore@fmr.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!