Garlic mustard pull at Vermillion River Linear Park

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Vermillion River Linear Park, Hastings
Volunteers pulling garlic mustard 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. Over the years, removing plants like garlic mustard has cleared the way for native plant communities to return and thrive. We will round out the evening by spreading native woodland grass seed to help re-establish plants in the areas cleared of garlic mustard.

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.


Volunteers will be working on level ground but uneven terrain. Some areas of the worksite can be accessed by paved trails. Pulling garlic mustard is a lower intensity activity. Pulling garlic mustard can be done while sitting down, and FMR will provide a few kneeling pads. This site has a lot of stinging nettle, so long pants and sleeves are suggested.

Ready to register?

Please use the form below to register for this event. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at or (651) 222-2193 x27.

We understand that volunteers are used to registering over email - please bear with us as we navigate staff transitions and help us out by using this form! Rest assured that our program staff are seeing your registrations, and we will be in touch as it gets closer to the event date.

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.

Register for the Vermillion River Linear Park garlic mustard pull!

Can't make it?

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Thank you to our partners and funders: 

3M Foundation, BNSF Foundation, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Laura Jane Musser Foundation, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, RBC Wealth Management, United Way of Hastings and Xcel Energy.

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