Plant trees and shrubs in the river gorge [FULL]

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mississippi River Gorge along West River Parkway
Volunteers planting shrubs in the shady river gorge.

Join FMR staff and volunteers working along the beautiful Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side of the river gorge. This event will take place in the sand flats - an area of riverside floodplain forest at the north end of FMR's 36th St. Oak Savanna restoration project.

We will spend the evening planting climate-adapted trees and shrubs at the sand flats, where invasive buckthorn has previously been removed. These plants will help maintain a healthy, diverse ecosystem at the sand flats as the climate warms and the makeup of these forests begin to change.

All are welcome and no experience is needed. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Volunteers may also be asked to help with other restoration tasks as needed throughout the worksite.

This event is specifically supported by the local neighborhood group, the Longfellow Community Council, and Longfellow area residents are encouraged to register! The event is also part of the Gorge Stewards program, which actively engages residents of the Twin Cities in the stewardship of the national treasure that is the Mississippi River Gorge.

Ready to register?

While this event is full, you can still sign up for the waitlist. Please contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at, 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.

Can't Make It?

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

What about coronavirus?

Read more about our safety guidelines here. 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 to your contacts so updates don't land in spam.) And we'll update this page if anything changes.

At the event, social distancing will be enforced, and masks are required. All tools are sanitized in between events, and all gloves are unused in 2020.

Thanks to our Gorge Stewards Program partners and funders: BNSF Foundation, Coca-Cola, The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Great Lakes Brewing, Hennepin County Healthy Tree Canopy Grant, Hennepin County Good Stewards Grant, Longfellow Community Council, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, National Fish and Wildlife Service, RBC Wealth Management, Seagate, US Forest Service, Xcel Energy and by our generous donors, like you!