Plant shrubs at Heritage Village Park

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Heritage Village Park
Two volunteers planting shrubs in a wooded area

Please note – Event rescheduled from 5/18 to 6/1!

Check out our video of the first big planting event at this former railyard to see what this event is like! 

Located just 15 minutes south of downtown St. Paul in Inver Grove Heights, Heritage Village Park is a 50-acre site along the banks of the Mississippi River. Now owned by the City of Inver Grove Heights, the site was a former rail yard until the mid-1980s. In 2005, FMR wrote a natural resource management plan to help guide restoration of the park. Today, the park has over 30 acres of restored, native prairie, as well as areas of floodplain forest along the Mississippi River.  

Long-term restoration will include removal of invasive shrubs in the floodplain forest, as well as the addition of native bur oak trees to the prairie area. This work will help to return the site to oak savanna, its historic natural community. Oak savanna is one of Minnesota's most imperiled habitats, occurring one one-tenth of one percent of its historic coverage. 

For this event, volunteers will be planting shrubs alongside FMR staff and ecologists. All are welcome however, space is limited. No experience is needed, all tools, gloves and training will be provided. Volunteers may also be asked to participate in other restoration tasks that are needed to help improve this site.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at, 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 with details and directions from within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM or promotions folder.)

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at Or, visit our events calendar for our most up-to-date listing of upcoming events. To receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.

Thanks to partner and funder City of Inver Grove Heights. Funding also provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.