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'Ecosystems Invaded!' online lesson

High School students assist FMR staff with removing buckthorn an invasive species at a restoration site

Many invasive species removal projects are taken on and completed by high school students. Here a group of Harding High School students and their teacher pose next to the pile of buckthorn they were able to remove.

FMR is proud to conduct indoor and outdoor educational programs for approximately 2,000 youth annually. During this difficult time, we're striving to offer our educational resources online.

First, in 'Our Waters,' we covered watersheds, what are they and how do humans impact both the land and our water's health.

In our second presentation, we learn what an ecosystem is, the difference between native, non-native, invasive, and non-invasive plants and animals, and why this matters for our local wildlife and waters.

Come explore our waters with these videos, note sheets and activities. >>

April 17

'Our Waters' online watershed lesson

Students enjoy the Mississippi River as it flows through the Minneapolis and St. Paul river gorge

The Mississippi River is the main river in our local watershed. About half of the continental United States drains water into the Mighty Mississippi.

FMR is proud to conduct indoor and outdoor educational programs for approximately 2,000 youth annually. During this difficult time, we're striving to offer our educational resources online.

First up: What is a watershed and how do humans impact both the land and our water's health? Come explore our waters with these videos, note sheets and activities. >>

April 10

Another banner year for our young river stewards!


A big thank you to all the young river stewards who helped us protect and restore the Mighty Mississippi in 2019 — all 2,482 of you!

Students stenciled educational messages alongside storm drains, collected trash throughout Twin Cities parks and helped not only restore habitat along the river but research the best ways to keep it healthy in the future. ​Plus, students in our new pilot program for exploring the environmental field. >>

November 5

Stormwater mural celebrates water at Lake Phalen

Artists work on the 2019 stormwater mural at Lake Phalen

Artists Liv Novotny and Violeta Rotstein work on the stormwater mural at Lake Phalen.

On the bridge near the pavilion at Lake Phalen, if you look down, you’ll see a new mural. On June 1 at WaterFest, lead artist Liv Novotny and assistant artist Violeta Rotstein led volunteers to paint this beautiful reminder that all roads lead to our waters. >>

June 5

Think spring: Schedule your service and educational programs now

Volunteers help with prairie restoration

FMR works with many youth and service groups each year. Groups learn about and take care of the river through stenciling outings, cleanups and educational programming. (Photo by Tom Reiter)

Looking forward to warmer weather? We are too! FMR is starting to book spring programs for youth and group outings. If you are interested in a stenciling event, trash cleanup or indoor educational opportunity with FMR staff, we'd love to hear from you soon.  >>

February 20

Young river stewards hit it out of the park once again

Students remove garlic mustard from the Mississippi River gorge in Minneapolis

Andersen United Community School students have removed garlic mustard from the Minneapolis gorge for the past three years. This year, they beat the FMR record for amount of plants removed at one event. In two hours, 82 students removed 23 bags of garlic mustard.

A giant thank you to the hundreds of young river stewards who helped us protect and restore the mighty Mississippi this year.  >>

November 8

Painted turtles and pink lotus flowers help keep our waters from turning green

Storm drain mural contains music and fish to connect it to como park and hands representing our responsibliity to care for the lake

You can now visit these colorful, water quality-themed mural at Como Lake! This mural is the second design by community members to decorate Como Lake's shores.

Ever wondered why so many metro lakes turn green in the summer?

For St. Paul's Lake Como and many others, one main reason is nutrients that come from neighborhood lawns and streets. After it rains, fertilizer, leaves and grass clippings are directed into our local lakes, creeks and rivers via storm drains, in turn feeding algae and excessive plant growth. 

At Como, a pair of murals reminds us of this important connection between our yards, streets, lakes and rivers, and celebrates the community in the process. >>

July 2

Volunteers rock spring. Join us this summer!

DeLaSalle High School Green Team volunteers

The DeLaSalle High School Green Team showed garlic mustard whose boss at Nicollet Island, our newest habitat restoration site.

So far this spring, FMR volunteers of all ages have removed truckloads of invasive species, planted hundreds of native wildflowers and trees, stenciled hundreds of storm drains and even "bombed" a prairie-in-progress (we mean seed-bombed, of course). 

And we're not even halfway through the outdoor events and outings season!​ >>

June 7

Claim your day: FMR is scheduling summer group outings

Students stencil storm drains in St. Paul neighborhoods

A group of students from Neighborhood House summer programs stencil storm drains in a St. Paul neighborhood.

If you're looking for a service outing that's educational, active, outdoors and provides a tangible community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling in St. Paul with FMR. 

Reservations for outings, as well as classroom presentations and litter cleanups, are now being taken for summer and fall 2018. >>

February 6

Thank you, young river stewards!

Stenciling drains for the Mississippi River!

Members of the Youth Conservation Corps, one of 56 groups who helped stencil storm drains in St. Paul and Minneapolis with educational messages about how they connect to the Mississippi River.

Together, they stenciled over 2,000 storm drains with educational messages, collected trash throughout Twin Cities parks, and helped not only restore habitat along the river but research the best ways to keep it healthy in the future. They are FMR's youth volunteers, and their contributions are legion. ​ >>

November 7

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