Clean up the River Gorge on Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:30am to Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:45am
Mississippi River Gorge along West River Parkway
Volunteers ready to head out and collect trash along the river gorge.

Taking place just off of West River Parkway, this cleanup has become an Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge. People come from throughout the local river corridor, neighborhoods and metro area – individuals, families, small church, corporate and student or scout groups – to celebrate Earth Day and contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River. This is a family-friendly event providing an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area. We've returned to this site year after year and have noticed a dramatic improvement in the area thanks to dedicated volunteers like you! 

To participate, simply show up at either 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway at or after 9:30 a.m. to sign-in with FMR staff. We'll provide all of the supplies, however, if you have your own gloves feel free to bring them along. Sturdy shoes are strongly suggested as well as dressing for the weather, layers are encouraged.

Advanced registration for this event is not required, however, if you have a group of 10-20 people, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, or 651.222.2193 x31. Amy is typically in the office M-Th each week. Registration with FMR closes end of day Monday, April 17th.

For groups of 20+ please contact Erica Chua, or 612-230-6479 to be assigned a location that will better fit your group size. 

To receive the most up-to-date notices of our volunteer opportunities and events, sign up for our twice-monthly e-newsletter, Mississippi Messages.

Learn more

Volunteers often ask what the best items to focus on are – or in turn, what to avoid. Read more about our litter clean up best practices before heading out.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

The Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund, RBC Wealth Management, Pentair, Xcel Energy, Great Lakes Brewing Company and REI.

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