Help pull invasive plants at St. Paul Park's Riverside Park

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Riverside Park, St. Paul Park
Volunteers at the 2022 Riverside Park garlic mustard pull

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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, preventing other plants from growing and decreasing local biodiversity.

We'll provide the tools and training. All are welcome, but 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?

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 Riverside Park garlic mustard pull!

Can't make it?

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Thank you to our partners and funders: 

3M Foundation, BNSF Foundation, the City of St. Paul Park, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Mississippi Park Connection, the National Park Service, RBC Wealth Management and Xcel Energy.

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