Pine Bend Bluffs brush haul + lunch

Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area at the Flint Hills Resources property
Volunteer Esther hauls brush at the 2021 event

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Join Friends of the Mississippi River, Flint Hills Resources and Great River Greening as we return to the Flint Hills property within the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River — one of the largest and most diverse native ecosystems left in the metro area! The site is only accessible to the public for special occasions like this annual restoration event. Join us for a chance to see it for yourself.

Working with FMR and Great River Greening ecologists and staff, volunteers will help protect these native plant communities by helping to stack pre-cut buckthorn brush, and assisting with other restoration tasks as needed. Everyone will be encouraged to work at their own comfort level and no previous experience is necessary. All tools and supplies will be provided, including coffee, morning snacks and a hot lunch to conclude the event!

This award-winning restoration project includes a sand-gravel prairie, oak savanna and oak forest plant communities. Healthy forest floors and prairies improve the health of our local waters by reducing or absorbing runoff pollution and decreasing erosion. This site is also an important part of the Mississippi River migratory bird flyway, used by 40 percent of North American waterfowl and millions of migratory songbirds annually. Many of those birds, as well as bees, butterflies and our local wildlife, depend upon the native prairie, savanna and forest plants for their survival, especially under the stress of increasing average temperatures. 


Although the terrain is in lowland woods, it's somewhat rugged with large mounds and dips, fallen logs and cut stumps to navigate. 

Ready to register?

  • Please click the blue "Register" button below.
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  • Click the green "Summary" button.
  • Click the green "Checkout" button.
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You should immediately receive a confirmation email from If you don't receive a confirmation email, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Carrie Pomeroy at Please reach out to Carrie with any questions about registration for this event.

Can't make it?

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Thank you to our partners and funders: 

Thanks to our partners and funders, Flint Hills Resources, Great River Greening and our generous donors like you!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 17 OR October 8, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wellstone Center, St. Paul
Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
3M's oak woodlands, Cottage Grove
Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area at the Flint Hills Resources property
Ole Olson prairie, Mississippi River, Minneapolis skyline

Celebrate 30 years of FMR!

For our 30th anniversary, our wish is for you to join us in restoring, protecting and enhancing the Mississippi River.