Seeding + garlic mustard pull at Vermillion River Linear Park

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Vermillion Linear Park, Hastings
Volunteers in the prairie at Vermillion River Linear Park

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Join us for an evening of distributing native seed and removing garlic mustard at Vermillion River Linear Park, a beautiful 60-acre park in the heart of Hastings and part of a corridor of green space that runs through the city. This park flanks the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi, recognized for trophy brown trout

After a brief introduction and training, volunteers will help pull garlic mustard from the wooded areas and distribute 30 pounds of native grass and wildflower seed in a recently restored savanna. Over the years, removing plants like garlic mustard has cleared the way for native plant communities to return and thrive. Volunteers will help in this effort by continuing to remove garlic mustard while seeding the already cleared areas. Volunteers may also be asked to assist with other restoration tasks as needed.

All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration is required. All supplies and training will be provided and volunteers will work closely with FMR staff. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, engaging Vermillion River Watershed residents to learn about the local watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources.

Accessibility

Volunteers will be working on level ground but uneven terrain. Some areas of the worksite can be accessed by paved trails. Pulling garlic mustard and spreading seed are both lower intensity activities. Pulling garlic mustard can be done while sitting down, and 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 sdowney@fmr.org, 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 sdowney@fmr.org 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 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'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. (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: 3M Foundation, BNSF Foundation, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Hastings High School, the Laura Jane Musser Foundation, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, RBC Wealth Management, United Way of Hastings and Xcel Energy.

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