Plant woodland shrubs and wildflowers at Weiss Woods

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Weiss Woods, Hastings
Students from Hastings High School remove invasives at Weiss Woods

FMR partnered with Hastings High School in past years to remove invasive plants at Weiss Woods. Now, we're ready to plant native species to diversify the forest.

Not normally open to the public, Weiss Woods is located on the bluff overlooking Lake Rebecca and the Mississippi River. It is within the Mississippi River flyway, a globally significant corridor for migratory birds. Roughly 550 bird species, or 60% of the bird species found in North America, migrate by following the Mississippi River, relying on intact natural habitat along the way for resting and feeding.

The 5-acre Weiss Woods has been permanently protected through a conservation easement. FMR has been working with contractors to remove invasive woody plants, and now it's time to install some native shrubs and wildflowers to improve the plant diversity of the site for pollinators and other wildlife. We'll be planting woodland shrubs and wildflowers, such as hazelnut, American Elder, nannyberry, wild geranium, columbine and Virginia waterleaf.

We'll provide the tools and training. All are welcome, however, capacity 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

Volunteers will be working on level terrain, and no hike is required to get to the worksite.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at, 651-222-2193 x27. Please include the name of the event, your name, address, phone number and the number in your party. Due to our smaller event sizes, we ask that you limit groups to 4 or less.

You will receive a confirmation email from within two business days. (If you don't, please check your spam or promotions 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 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 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: Marathon Foundation, Hastings High School, RBC Wealth Management, United Way of Hastings and Xcel Energy.