Earth Day and beyond for the Mighty Mississippi

Earth Day cleanup volunteers

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.

Whether you want to help restore local natural areas or your own backyard, organize your own outing or keep things simple and join an existing event, FMR's got you covered.

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. 

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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

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. 

Interested in turning your home, yard or neighborhood into a force for clean water

  • Yard and gardening practices are a significant contributor to the health of our local waters.
  • 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,

Thanks for checking us out. We look forward to hearing from you!