Help pull weedy invasive plants at St. Paul Park's Riverside Park [FULL]

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Riverside Park, St. Paul Park
Volunteers pull invasives at Riverside Park

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Join us for a volunteer work night at St. Paul Park's Riverside Park. Located along the backwaters of the Mississippi River, the 14-acre park hosts an array of native woodland plants including Dutchmen's breeches, bloodroot, and wild ginger. Maintaining this park's natural state provides much-needed habitat and resources for local critters of all kinds, and serves as an oasis along the Mississippi River flyway for migratory birds. 

Alongside FMR staff, volunteers will continue the removal of invasive plants, primarily narrowleaf bittercress and garlic mustard. These plants spread quickly through the forest floor, out-competing native species and decreasing local biodiversity.

We'll provide the tools and training. All are welcome however, capacity is limited and registration is required.


A short walk on a cleared trail is required to get to the worksite. Once there, volunteers will work on level terrain. Hand pulling plants is a lower impact activity that can be done while sitting down. FMR will provide a few kneeling pads.

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. We ask that you limit groups to 4 or fewer.

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'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. (You can read more about our policies here.)

We will offer gloves and hand sanitizer at the event. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own masks and wear them when in close proximity to others.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

Thank you to our partners and funders: The City of St. Paul Park, 3M Foundation, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Mississippi Park Connection, the National Park Service, RBC Wealth Management, Xcel Energy, 3M Foundation and BNSF Foundation.

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