Thank you, 2021 river stewards!

by Sophie Downey

Two volunteers plant native species at Camel's Hump Park and Open Space in Cottage Grove. This year, over 1,500 volunteers joined us at sites across the metro. (Photo: Dodd Demas for FMR)

Our 2021 volunteers blew us away with hard work and dedication to stewarding the river.

Through changing COVID protocols, drought, heatwaves, bad air quality and one very foggy morning, you kept showing up and putting in the work. Altogether, 1,733 volunteers got their hands dirty with FMR this year, contributing 5,812 hours of service to the river!

Volunteers help stretch limited resources and expand our reach throughout the metro area. Together, we make an even greater impact on the health of the river and our local communities at more than three dozen restoration sites throughout the metro.

Whether you pulled invasive garlic mustard, planted climate-adapted trees, stenciled storm drains, hauled and stacked buckthorn, or earned FMR SuperVolunteer status by joining us at four or more events, your dedication did not go unnoticed!

In 2021, you made a difference for our river. We're deeply grateful.

Looking back

See how volunteers got their hands dirty this year in our thank you video. And be sure to check out our Flickr album to see some of the best photos from 2021!

Special thanks to our youngest river stewards

We were lucky enough to engage with many young volunteers through our youth program this year. Young river stewards joined us to stencil storm drains, remove invasive species and learn together about our role in stewardship. Check out our recap of their accomplishments.

See you next season!

To stay in touch about volunteer events and stewardship programs, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey, sdowney@fmr.org. We look forward to working with you in 2022!