Tend native plants at Indian Mounds Park

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 7:45pm
Location: 
Indian Mounds Park, just south of 94 and Earl Street in Saint Paul (participants will receive directions prior to event)
Volunteers working at Mounds Park

Indian Mounds Park is home to one of the most photographed river views in the metro area. The iconic overlook is also home to an exciting habitat restoration project providing much-needed urban habitat while protecting the bluff, its views and local water quality.

FMR volunteers — students from nearby Harding High Earth Club, community members (including Friends of Mounds Park) and individuals and families from throughout the metro area — have been restoring the native bluff prairie on historic Indian Mounds Park's overlook since 2011.

Volunteers are now needed to work with FMR Stewardship Events Coordinator Adam Flett and staff from Saint Paul Parks & Recreation to tend to native prairie plants previously installed by other Indian Mounds Park stewards. By removing invasive species and assisting with other tending tasks, volunteers will help the plants make it through the summer. Thanks to their deep roots, the prairie plants help anchor the steep bluff soil and filter pollutants, such as oil and lawn chemicals, carried to the bluff by stormwater. They will also provide important bee, butterfly and bird habitat. (As opposed to the invasive species volunteers will be removing, such as burdock, which is deadly for bats and small birds.)

Tools, gloves and water will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to work on steep and uneven terrain. While most FMR activities are family friendly, due to the tools and terrain this particular event is not suitable for small children.

Ready to register?

To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and preregistration required. 

To sign up, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via our contact form (please change Category from "general inquiries" to  "volunteering") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x31. 

Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. While most FMR activities are family friendly, due to the tools and terrain this particular event is not suitable for small children.

You will receive a confirmation email and additional details, such as directions and what to wear, from akilgore@fmr.org within one to two business days.

If you can't make this event but would like to be notified of future Indian Mounds Park or other restoration and education events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at akilgore@fmr.org, or sign up for our twice-a-month e-newsletter by clicking the "Mississippi Messages" box on the right.

Partners: 
Thank you Mounds Park partners City of Saint Paul, National Park Service, Friends of Mounds Park and Harding High School! Funding provided by Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Bruce Vento Foundation.