Pull garlic mustard at Hampton Woods
Hampton Woods is the largest continuous oak forest in southern Dakota County, providing critical habitat for forest-dwelling animals, especially birds. This site is especially important because much of the surrounding area is farmland.
Thanks to an FMR partnership with Dakota County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and local landowners, 191 acres of Hampton Woods are permanently protected as a Wildlife Management Area. We're returning to the site for the first volunteer work night there since 2019. Register to be a part of the restoration of this impressive site!
Volunteers are needed to assist with hand-pulling invasive species from the forest floor. We will focus our efforts on removing the extremely invasive plant garlic mustard. FMR staff will provide identification and removal guidance – no previous experience is necessary.
Learn more about Hampton Woods and enjoy an aerial flyover in "Big woods now protected in heart of Dakota County." And, read about our latest, unique conservation strategy in "Invasives got your goat? Here's how we're bucking buckthorn at Hampton Woods."
As always, all are welcome. However, space is limited and registration is required. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, engaging residents to learn about the watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources.
Before you register
A longer walk is required to get to the worksite. The worksite has level terrain, though volunteers will need to be wary of cut stumps.
Ready to register?
To register for this event, please contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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. Due to our smaller event sizes, we ask that you limit groups to 4 or less.
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 Vermillion Stewards events, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at email@example.com. 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.
What about COVID-19?
We've modified our events during the pandemic to be smaller, and allow for individuals to work while safely six feet apart. All tools will be sanitized between events, and all gloves provided are unused in 2020 or 2021. Once registered, volunteers will receive a full list of safety precautions and guidelines. You can read more about our policies 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts so updates don't land in spam.) And we'll update this page if anything changes.
We will offer gloves and hand sanitizer at the event. Volunteers are required to bring and wear their own masks.
Thank you to our partners and funders: BNSF Foundation, Dakota County, the Marathon Foundation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, RBC Wealth Management, United Way of Hastings and Xcel Energy.