Pledge to pull garlic mustard at Crosby Farm Park [FULL]

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Location: 
Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul
Volunteers pull garlic mustard at our last pledge to pull in 2019

This event has reached maximum capacity. Read below for instructions to sign up for the waitlist, and we will contact you if anyone cancels their spot for this event. Or, see our full event calendar to choose a different volunteer opportunity.

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A natural oasis in the heart of the city, Crosby Farm Regional Park is nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Enjoy the beauty of early spring at this riverside park while helping protect native plants beneficial to our local wildlife and waters with this annual tradition.

Alongside FMR staff, volunteers will be working in an area home to a striking array of spring wildflowers native to Minnesota – Dutchman's breeches, trout lily and Jack-in-the-pulpit, to name a few. After a brief introduction and training, volunteers will help protect these and other important members of the native plant community by removing the extremely invasive plant garlic mustard, then make the pledge to return to the area to continue this much-needed work.

Although a serious threat, garlic mustard is not only easy to identify but quick to pull by hand, making its removal the perfect restoration activity for volunteers who want to continue to improve wildlife habitat and the health of their watershed after an event, at times most convenient for them during the weeks following this event.

Thanks to continued volunteer efforts throughout the years, we've been able to see slow but steady improvement, and have expanded the volunteer restoration work areas to include the Crosby lakeshore!

All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration is required.

About the Pledge

Please note that we ask all registrants at this particular event to sign a Pledge to Pull, promising to remove garlic mustard in this area of Crosby Park in the weeks following this training and evening pull.

•All volunteers receive a signed card certifying their participation in the training and granting permission to independently return and perform this volunteer service in this special area, part of the City of St. Paul park system and the Mississippi River National Park.

•Volunteers pledge to a total of 8 hours of garlic mustard removal – 2 hours will be completed at the training plus an additional 6 hours coordinated on your own. If you bring someone with you, their hours count towards your pledged time. For example, if you participate in the 2-hour training and removal session, then bring 2 friends, classmates or family members to the site for a 2-hour session, that totals 8 hours of garlic mustard removal time and the completion of your pledge!

Pulling technique, where to pull and additional details will be covered during the training event.

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 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.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org. 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 sdowney@fmr.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.

Partners: 
Thanks to our partners and funders: Marathon Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, St. Paul Parks and Recreation and Xcel Energy.