Updates and Articles

Big win: MN Legislature funds invasive carp deterrent
We're celebrating a major win in our efforts to stop invasive carp from spreading into Minnesota's waters this legislative session. Read more
A close-up of a taxidermied invasive carp, with the blurred Minnesota Capitol building in the background.
Spring intern creates strategic land protection database
Our land conservation spring intern Sam Vanspriell spent four months conducting complex analysis to help us identify land near the river that, if protected, could be key for habitat and water quality. Read more
Sam and Alex at poster session
Spring ephemerals: 9 Minnesota wildflowers you can find between snow-melt and leaf-out
A whole guild of native woodland plants bloom and fruit before trees turn green and fully shade the ground. Read more
Closed bloodroot flowers in brown woods
From the Mekong to the Mississippi: Sovatha’s river story
"As a young refugee encountering the Mississippi for the first time, I would never have imagined in a million years that in the future I would come full circle, working to care for the river that welcomed me." Read more
Sovatha Oum in field gear at FMR site
How our ecologists piece together a site’s past and plan for its future
What can the outstretched limbs of a bur oak reveal about the land? Here's how our ecologists find signs underfoot and overhead to understand a place before beginning to restore its habitat. Read more
Bur oak in savanna
Where we work: Sheridan Memorial Park
Located along the east bank of the Mississippi River just north of the Broadway Avenue bridge, this site is home to a veterans memorial, an FMR-installed raingarden, and a multi-year community partnership with the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization. Read more
Sheridan Memorial raingarden with Veterans memorial in background
Play river gorge bingo
Joining us for our Earth Day cleanup? Find signs of spring and signs of habitat restoration as you volunteer! Read more
Bloodroot plus text: River Gorge Bingo Spring Edition
Paddling with the river we love: Why FMR is steering toward more on-water programming
To foster more chances for Twin Cities youth to deepen their own relationships with the water, we'll be adding more on-water experiences to our programming. Read more
Tip of a canoe in the river by forested area
Supporting Minnesota's public lands
FMR recently signed on to a letter to legislators urging investment in Minnesota's public lands. Many of the special places our ecologists and volunteers work in depend on state support. Read more
How our warm winter affected habitat restoration progress
What will the warmest winter on record mean for wildlife? We won't know for awhile. We do know that it got in the way of our usual winter tasks for wildlife habitat restoration. Luckily, our ecologists like challenges. Read more
Open river with snow along the banks


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park, Hastings
Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis
New date: Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul