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Volunteer Events

Classroom programs and outings available

Are you an educator or youth program coordinator looking for a free one-hour, interactive water quality program for your class or group? In addition to our popular outdoor outings, FMR offers many indoor water-related activities perfect for this time of year. All are taught by FMR staff, include a hands-on activity or game, and are designed to meet state standards. Plus, thanks to our generous funders, they're free.

Stencil storm drains with FMR, mid-April through early October

Reservations for stenciling outings and presentations, as well as group cleanups, are now being accepted for mid-April through October 2017. If you're looking for a service outing that's educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling.

Get outside this spring with FMR

Volunteers collecting trash

Come one, come all! Individuals, families and groups of all sizes are invited to get outside and help the Mississippi River with FMR. We host roughly 200 outings and events annually with over 5,000 participants from throughout the metro area. (Photo by Amy Kilgore)

Feeling the urge to get outside? FMR has heaps of spring events and activities for individuals and groups alike. Read on or visit our Events Calendar to choose the best fit for you.

March 9

Plant native shrubs along the Vermillion River

Spend a late spring morning with FMR staff and volunteers at the Wilmar property along the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River. After a brief hike volunteers will install native shrubs and fencing near the river banks to increase habitat diversity and help stabilize the stream bank.

Pledge to pull garlic mustard at Crosby Farm Park

Crosby Farm Park is a natural oasis in the heart of the city, nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Enjoy the beauty of early spring at this riverside park while helping protect native plants beneficial to our local wildlife and waters at this annual tradition.

Haul buckthorn at the Vermillion Aquatic Managment Area

Join us in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River.

After a short hike, volunteers will haul out pre-cut buckthorn, a woody invasive lopped a few days before by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Civilian Conservation Corps crews. 

Community brush haul & bonfire at newly protected Houlton Farm

Join us for our first volunteer event at the newly protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area. We'll learn about this new restoration site, haul out precut invasive buckthorn to make way for upcoming habitat restoration efforts, and then enjoy lunch around a bonfire!

All are welcome at this family-friendly gathering. But advanced registration is required and space is limited. See below for more information.

Thank you, volunteers! Plus, the best photos from our 2016 event season

Volunteers planting native shrubs along the River Gorge

FMR stewardship volunteers planting native shrubs along the River Gorge in south Minneapolis. The native plants will provide much-needed urban wildlife habitat for birds, pollinators and other critters, and also help prevent erosion. 

The number of Twin Citians passionate about the Mississippi River never ceases to amaze us. In 2016, over 3,700 people pitched in at 98 FMR volunteer events. It was an honor to work with each of you.

Whether you spent a couple of hours picking up trash with us on Earth Day, hauled brush on a Saturday morning, took the "pledge to pull" this spring, or earned full FMR SuperVolunteer status participating in several events throughout the year, thank you!

And please enjoy a few of our favorite photos from the 2016 event season

December 9