Youth education opportunities for winter and spring

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Classrooms in St. Paul and Minneapolis
A group of students on a field trip

Looking for ways to keep classrooms engaged with our environment during the winter months? Or planning ahead for ways to get outside this coming spring? FMR offers a variety of free virtual and in-person education and volunteer opportunities for K-12 groups and individual youth in the greater Twin Cities metro area.

Classroom lessons (virtual and in-person)

FMR staff offer in-person and live virtual lessons to all K-12 classrooms in the greater Twin Cities metro area. Topics include cultural landscapes, invasive species, wetlands, watersheds and erosion.

We look forward to offering in-person lessons and field trips to new classroom partners in Minneapolis and St. Paul beginning in the fall of 2022.

Email to be notified when applications open for classroom partnerships in 2022.

We also offer self-paced online lesson materials. Find those resources and sign up for classroom lessons on our group outings and activities page.

Storm drain stenciling and cleanups

K-12 groups located in Minneapolis or St. Paul can get outside with us by scheduling a storm drain stenciling or cleanup outing with us near their locations May through October, as weather allows. All groups need to provide their own transportation to a location in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

Sign up here to be notified as soon as we are taking stenciling and cleanup requests in spring!

Stewardship and restoration partnerships

If you'd like your K-12 group to research or steward an FMR site near you and create an ongoing learning experience for your school or classroom, please contact to schedule an introductory meeting.

Service-learning projects & volunteer hours

FMR restores natural habitat for wildlife and water quality at sites across the greater metro area.

FMR can support independent youth service projects on a case-by-case basis. This opportunity is open to youth in elementary school through college. Please contact with your project idea or request.

View information about how FMR events can apply to volunteer hours for a class or program on our serve the river page.

Environmental Stewardship Institute

Learn about Environmental Stewardship Institute opportunities for high schoolers and rising college first-years, including our 8-week summer program.

More about our program

We look forward to working with you! Here's a pdf flyer listing the above opportunities. And if you have any questions, please reach out to

These youth education offerings are part of our larger stewardship and education program. Check out our opportunities for all ages to get involved with FMR.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

City of St Paul

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
South Branch Vermillion Aquatic Management Area, Hastings
Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
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.