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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! That means we're ramping up for event season and we've got plenty of opportunities for you to get your hands dirty with FMR. Join us to protect and restore local natural areas, or rally for the river, for Earth Day — and beyond! >>

March 21

Tend the demonstration prairie at Ole Olson Park

Ole Olson Park in north Minneapolis is known for its top-notch walking and biking trails and stunning skyline views, but we want it to be recognized for even more. Join FMR as we return to this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they'll help reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River. 

Remove invasive species at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is one of those places you can hardly believe is in a metro area. Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. The first rises 40 to 60 feet above river-level with remarkable crescents and blowouts sculpted by southwesterly winds. The second, 110 feet above the Mississippi, has a dramatic cut-face. Dunes on both terraces rise in waves, cresting 10 to 20 feet above the swales.

Riverside Park Bird Hike [FULL]

Thank you for your interest in the Riverside Park bird hike. We've reached capacity and are no longer accepting registrations. Please consider joining us for a different event. To be notified of future hikes, tours, or birding outings, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at akilgore@fmr.org.

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Take a morning stroll through Riverside Park while enjoying a birding tour lead by Karen Schik, FMR's senior ecologist.

Pull garlic mustard at the Sand Flats

After a brief introduction and training, we will proceed to the river gorge sand flats, known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Working alongside FMR staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard – an exotic plant invading many areas of the river gorge and outcompeting native plant species.

Take part in the first invasive species removal at Hampton Woods

Please note: Due to the late spring we've been experiencing the date of this event has been changed from May 1 to May 16! All of the other details remain the same. Thank you for understanding.

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Hampton Woods is the largest continuous oak forest in Dakota County, providing critical habitat for forest-dwelling animals, especially birds. This site is especially important since much of the surrounding area is farmland.

Help remove invasive species at the recently protected Houlton Farm

Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff and volunteers for a lovely spring morning removing garlic mustard from the recently protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area (a.k.a. Houlton Farm). The William H. Houlton Conservation Area is a 347-acre property located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk rivers and is one of the largest undeveloped riverfront properties between the cities of Elk River and Hastings.

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