Earth Day and beyond for the Mighty Mississippi
Earth Day is just around the corner! Join us to protect and restore local natural areas and turn your own back yard and home into a force for clean water.
If you're new to FMR events, rest assured we value our volunteers. We know your time is precious and we aim to make the most it. We provide all the supplies and directions and, for most events, we limit capacity to make sure everyone stays busy but there's still time to ask the ecologists questions. Plus, we only work with volunteers on projects that are part of longer-term restoration plans or water quality programs to make sure your contributions — be it two hours or twenty — have lasting power.
Are you looking for...
A large-scale Earth Day activity
Join us for the annual Minneapolis River Gorge Stewards Earth Day cleanup, Saturday, April 22. Please note, however, that this is a very popular cleanup — so much so that volunteers can have a difficult time finding enough trash to pick up! Be prepared to pick up smaller items, like cigarette butts and plastic bottle rings and caps.
An opportunity to help restore local wildlife habitat and improve water quality, without a big commitment
Great, most of the events on the FMR calendar are two to three hours in length and are a perfect fit for individuals and small groups. Please note: Events are added frequently so be sure to check back, or sign up for Mississippi Messages to receive event calendars and river news in your inbox.
- Registrations are rolling in for most of our habitat restoration events. Consider celebrating Earth Day by signing up for one and sharing it with friends on Facebook or other social media to encourage them to join you! We could use your help pulling garlic mustard Tuesday, May 9 at the stunning Minneapolis river gorge sand flats or planting pollinator patches at Camel's Hump Park on Saturday, May 20.
A chance to organize an outing just for your group
- If you have a group of 20 people or more and would like to arrange your own group volunteer outing with FMR, we'd be happy to stencil storm drains in St. Paul with you and yours. Spring is booked and we are currently scheduling for summer and fall.
- If you have fewer than 20 and would like to arrange your own outing, we have a storm-drain stenciling kit just for you.
- Yard and gardening practices are a significant contributor to the health of our local waters.
- Register to attend our upcoming Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshop at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield Thursday, May 25.
- Sign up for Mississippi Messages to receive notices of upcoming FMR events and workshops as we are planning also rain barrel workshops for later this season.
- While it's hard to replace a workshop, FMR's Landscape for The River page features the most practical and easy to follow local resources to help you get going on water- and wildlife-friendly projects for your yard this season.
- FMR also offers experiential water-quality presentations for classrooms and select adult groups of approximately 30 people or more in St. Paul, and with youth groups in North and Northeast Minneapolis. Get in touch via this online form. (Please note we are currently booking for summer and fall 2017.)
- Learn the top 10 actions you can take to help the river from the State of the River Report Stewardship Guide. Consider sharing the link on social media or printing to share with your neighbors!
This is too many choices. Is there a human I can talk to?
Of course! FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore can be reached at 651-222-2193 x31, firstname.lastname@example.org.