Tend the native prairie bluff at Indian Mounds Park [FULL - register for waitlist!]

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Indian Mounds Park, St. Paul
A volunteer and FMR staff member pull invasive plants on the Mounds Park bluff, with the river and St. Paul skyline in the background

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

FMR volunteers — including 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 at the historic Indian Mounds Park's overlook since 2011.

Volunteers are now needed to lend a hand working with FMR and Saint Paul Parks & Recreation staff 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 native plants thrive and make it through the summer. Thanks to their deep roots, these prairie plants help anchor the steep bluff soil and filter pollutants, such as oil and lawn chemicals, carried to the bluff by stormwater. They also provide important bee, butterfly and bird habitat.

Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to work on steep and uneven terrain. All are welcome, but capacity is limited and registration is required. As always, all tools and training will be provided and volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level.

Ready to register?

To maintain social distancing, our events are smaller than usual. While this event is full, you can still sign up for the waitlist. Please contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x27, or by selecting Sophie by name under "Category" via the FMR contact form. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. We will contact you if a spot opens up.

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

If you're under 18 and interested in volunteering without the company of your parent or guardian, please take a moment and have them fill out this brief minor permission form.

Can't Make It?

To receive notices of future volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org. Or, to receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.

What about coronavirus?

We're watching the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines closely. If plans change based on their recommendations, FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey will email registrants with event updates. (Be sure to add sdowney@fmr.org to your contacts so updates don't land in spam.) And we'll update this page if anything changes.

If this event does proceed as planned, it is unlikely we will have masks but we'll continue to offer gloves and hand sanitizer.

Partners: 
Thank you to our partners and funders: BNSF Foundation, the Bruce Vento Foundation, the City of Saint Paul, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Friends of Mounds Park, Harding High School, the National Park Service, Pentair and Xcel Energy.