Dogwood planting near the banks of Middle Creek

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:45am
Middle Creek, Farmington
Volunteers preparing live-stakes

Enjoy a crisp fall morning on Middle Creek, a tributary of the Vermillion River in Farmington, assisting FMR and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization with a unique planting project: live-staking. We'll cut stems from dormant native trees and insert them into the stream bank. The cuttings will grow into new trees, helping to reduce erosion while creating new areas of habitat.

This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, providing opportunities for hands-on stewardship of this unique cold prairie river and its watershed. The Vermillion River is one of the major tributaries to the Mississippi, a world-class trophy trout stream and the source for drinking water in the Hastings area.

No experience is necessary. We'll provide all of the tools and training needed. However, due to the nature of work and tools, this event is only suitable for older elementary-aged students and up!  

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive precise directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. 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.

To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and pre-registration required. Registration closes Thursday, November 16, or upon reaching capacity. Due to the nature of work and tools used, this event is suitable for older elementary-aged students and up.

You will receive a confirmation email with details and directions from within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.) Amy is typically in the office M-Th.

Can't make it?

If you can't make this event but would like to be notified of future Vermillion Stewards habitat restoration and education events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, Or to receive notices of all FMR events and news, sign up for our biweekly Mississippi Messages.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization, the Laura Jane Musser Fund, Western Refining, and RBC Wealth Management.

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