Fall brush removal at Ravine Park + lunch!

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cottage Grove Ravine Park
Not a bad view at all! Volunteers pose in front of their hauled brush pile along the edge of the lake.

With 515 acres of hills and heavily wooded ravines, a small lake and a smattering of small prairies, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park features a beautifully diverse landscape. A glacial tunnel valley bisects the park, featuring 80- to 100-foot slopes home to a compelling array of vegetation and habitats. The ravine ends in a small lake where people enjoy fishing, birdwatching and picnics.

In addition to being beautiful, the park's dramatic natural features play an important role in water quality, helping to filter pollution from post-rainstorm runoff that would otherwise enter the Mississippi River. Ravine Park's restoration is also part of a larger effort in Washington County — involving FMR, Washington County, the City of Cottage Grove, 3M and many other partners — to protect and preserve a natural green corridor for our waters, our wildlife and our heritage.

Volunteers are needed to help haul out pre-cut brush, primarily buckthorn, along the west side of the lake helping to make way for native plants that originally called this park home. The native plants will provide habitat for birds, bees and other insects and wildlife, and better filter water pollution.  No experience is needed however, registration is required. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. Participants should be prepared to work on uneven terrain. Entry to the park, normally $7, is free for participating volunteers! Concluding our hauling efforts, FMR will also provide lunch.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at akilgore@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number along with the number in your party.

You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM or Promotions folder.)

Can't make it?


Thank you to our partners and funders: the City of Cottage Grove and 3M.