Red cedar lopping at the Hastings Sand Coulee SNA

Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area
Volunteers at the Hastings Sand Coulee SNA

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The short grasses and wildflowers of the dry prairie at the Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) offer a unique beauty in the Twin Cities area. 14 rare plant and animal species call the Coulee home. The deeply rooted prairie plants also help filter pollutants from runoff water before it can enter the nearby Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers. 

On this spring morning, volunteers will work with FMR Senior Ecologist Karen Schik to identify and lop red cedar, to prevent this woody plant from spreading. This will help the rare prairie habitat at the Sand Coulee continue to flourish.

This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, engaging residents to learn about the watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources.

Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants and be prepared to work on hilly, uneven terrain. All are welcome, but capacity is limited and registration is required. As always, all tools and training will be provided and volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level.


A short walk up a small hill is required to get to the worksite. At the worksite, the event will take place on mostly level terrain but footing can be uneven with small mounds, grassy tussocks etc. This event involves using heavy and sharp tools, like loppers.

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 to lop red cedar at the Hastings Sand Coulee SNA!

Can't make it?

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Thank you to our partners and funders: 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Scientific and Natural Areas Program, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Hastings High School, the Laura Jane Musser Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, the United Way of Hastings, Xcel Energy, and BNSF Foundation.

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