Plant + tend the demonstration prairie and pull garlic mustard at Nicollet Island [FULL]

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nicollet Island, Minneapolis
Volunteers plant the demonstration prairie on Nicollet Island

Photo by Tom Reiter for FMR. FMR is leading a multi-year restoration of the natural areas on the north half of the Nicollet Island in partnership with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.

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.


In 2019, FMR volunteers planted over 600 native prairie plants in the demonstration prairie boxes on Nicollet Island. Along with adding pollinator habitat and beauty to the island, these boxes are educational. Identification plaques give park visitors the chance to learn more about the stunning array of species coming up throughout the restored prairies on the island.

However, the boxes need upkeep and tending! Join us this June to work in the demonstration prairie to ensure that this resource is providing everything it can for the human and wildlife communities on Nicollet Island. Volunteers will also plant additional plugs into bare spots in the boxes and in the larger prairie restoration, and will help pull garlic mustard and other invasive plants from forested areas where buckthorn was recently removed.

All are welcome. No experience is needed; however, registration is required and capacity is limited. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. This event is part of our Above the Falls Stewards program, engaging North and Northeast Minneapolis residents to protect and restore their riverfront parks.

Before you register

The areas where we will be working on the island are mostly directly off paved sidewalks or walking trails. Volunteers will be working on mostly level terrain. The volunteer tasks at this event will largely not be very strenous, mostly planting and hand-pulling weeds.

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 Above the Falls 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: BNSF Foundation, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Fair State Brewing, Friends of the Riverfront, Hennepin County, Marathon Foundation, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, RBC Wealth Management and Xcel Energy.