Updates and Articles

Final projects from our 2023 ESI summer intensive fellows
Our summer youth fellows created capstone projects they were passionate about, ranging from a river cleanup volunteer event to a zine about sustainable agriculture. Read more
ESI group picture in the woods
Now hiring: Collaborative Pathways partnership manager
Please help spread the word about a new position to support the Collaborative Pathways program. Read more
Where we work: Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area
The Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area harbors the largest native prairie remnant in Dakota County — about 100 acres — along with an outstanding diversity of plants and animals, including nine rare species. Read more
Blazing star and goldenrod
Army Corps study on the future of two metro locks and dams enters new phase
What will the Corps focus on in their years-long study about the future of two metro locks and dams? The release of the Corps scoping documents gives us a picture of what questions they'll investigate — and what could go unanswered. Read more
Lower St. Anthony Falls lock and dam and Ford dam
FMR turns 30! A birthday note from our director
July marks our 30th anniversary of protecting, restoring and enhancing the Mississippi River together. Executive Director Whitney Clark reflects on our beginnings and celebrates all we've accomplished since. Read more
Chocolate cake with decoration: 30 years, canoe, tent, river, bonfire
FMR welcomes two new board members
We're excited to introduce Dr. Adriana Alejandro Osorio and Dr. Lynn Broaddus, the newest additions to our board of directors. Read more
Dr. Adriana Alejandro Osorio (left) and Dr. Lynn Broaddus (right)
Is it safe to swim in the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities?
As an organization focused on the river’s health, we get asked this all the time. Read more
Bare feet standing on the sand along the shores of the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities.
Where we work: Riverside Park in St. Paul Park
Located along the backwaters of the Mississippi River, this 14-acre park hosts an array of native woodland plants and serves as an oasis along the Mississippi River flyway for migratory birds. Read more
Limestone edge along river
Sackett case: How the Supreme Court ruling impacts the Mississippi River
On May 25, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision that drastically narrows the scope of the Clean Water Act and represents one of the most far-reaching rollbacks to this decades-old law since its passage in 1972.  Read more
Wetland reflecting sky
Meet our new volunteer coordinator
Tabitha Birdwell will lead our volunteer efforts. Meet her at a stewardship event this summer! Read more
Tabitha Birdwell


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nicollet Island, Minneapolis
New date: Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights