Workday in the woodlands [FULL]

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Mississippi River Gorge along West River Parkway
Volunteer stacking brush removed from the Mississippi River Gorge

Thank you for your interest in this event. We have reached capacity and are no longer taking registrations. Please consider joining us at one of our other upcoming events. Check out the Event Calendar for open opportunities. We look forward to working with you! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore,, to be notified of upcoming Gorge Stewards volunteer events.


Just off the main path along the Minneapolis riverfront lies a surprisingly beautiful and rare oak savanna and woodlands tended by River Gorge Stewards volunteers. Join us Saturday, October 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m. as we spend the morning removing invasive species, hauling brush and other important restoration tasks near the oak savanna and woodland along the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis. This area includes the highest quality plant communities remaining in the River Gorge, including a mesic prairie and a remnant oak brushland/woodland undergoing restoration to oak savanna.

Volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove buckthorn and other invading trees, shrubs, and plants as well as hauling brush to its pick-up spot. Tools, gloves and training will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Due to the tools and terrain, this event is not suitable for small children. Volunteers may also be asked to help with other restoration tasks as needed throughout the worksite.

This event is part of the Gorge Stewards program, which actively engages citizens throughout the Twin Cities in the stewardship of the national treasure that is the Mississippi River Gorge.

Thanks to event partners the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and funders Great Lakes Brewing Company, Pentair, REI, and Xcel Energy!