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Volunteer Events

Help tend the rare prairie at the Sand Coulee SNA

With its tall grass and wildflowers, the Sand Coulee offers a different kind of rare beauty. With less than 1 percent of Minnesota native prairie remaining, this highly protected preserve is no less than an oasis in a desert of wildlife habitat –— a number of rare plant and animal species call the Coulee home. And with its deep prairie root systems, the Coulee also help filter pollutants from runoff water before it can enter the nearby Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers. 

Tend native prairie plants at Crosby Farm Park

Help tend the volunteer-planted demonstration interpretive native prairie at Crosby Farm Regional Park! Crosby Farm Park is a natural oasis in the heart of the city, nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.

The three-acre demonstration prairie where we will be focusing our work includes upward of 1,000 native prairie plants and a variety of species markers to educate and inform visitors. Volunteers will help weed and otherwise care for the planting and surrounding areas under the guidance of FMR and Saint Paul Parks staff.

Plant pollinator patches at Camel's Hump Park and Open Space

Camel's Hump Park and Open Space is part of Cottage Grove's Gateway North Open Space – home to beautiful views overlooking Highway 61. Alongside FMR staff volunteers will install multiple pollinator patches throughout a section of the park. These sites will greatly benefit from the addition of these pollinator patches that will provide a much-needed resource for a variety of pollinators as well as create a beautiful landscape with diverse plants. Why patches?

Go birding at Riverside Park

Take a morning stroll through Riverside Park while enjoying a birding tour lead by FMR staff. Riverside Park is a nature study area intended to be left in a natural state providing much-needed habitat and resources. We hope to spot a variety of birds, including warblers making their way through the Mississippi River flyway during their spring migration. 

Birders of all levels are welcome! We will provide a few pairs of binoculars to share but if you have your own please bring them.

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 [FULL]

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.