Serve the River: Participate in FMR Events


Happy to be planting a prairie

Volunteers and service learners helped plant the prairie at Crosby Park in St. Paul.

Do you have required service hours to complete for a college class or accreditation program?  We're glad you found us.

Many service contributors participate in FMR's regular volunteer habitat restoration events, which are two- to three-hour outdoor weekend or weekday evening activities, mid-April through mid-October. They're a fun way to help the river and it only takes an email to sign up.

Before registering for an FMR event, here's what service contributors and organizers need to know:

1. We're strictly BYOP: Bring Your Own Paperwork.

If you need proof of participation, you must bring your paperwork to the volunteer event itself. Staff will confirm your hours and sign your form at the event's conclusion. If you don't have an official form from your instructor, feel free to print this one.

2. If you're under 18, and will be arriving without a parent or guardian, we must have their permission in advance.

3. No-shows hurt. Email the event coordinator to let them know if you can't make it.

4. It can take a day or two, but we'll get you the details.

Event details, including where to meet, may not be available instantly. FMR event coordinators read your email and reply within one or two business days.

If you email the person listed for the event you're interested in, rest assured we'll get you all of the details and directions you'll need. If you emailed us and we haven't replied, please check your SPAM box or contact

5. Sorry, no group sign-ups.

We keep sign-up as simple as possible. There's no application, and no need to call us to set up an interview. Simply sign up by following the registration instructions from each write-up on our events calendar.

However, each class- or program-mate with service hours to complete needs to register individually. 

For a group, consider a stenciling outing or checking out a DIY stenciling kit.

6. If you have more than a few hours of service to complete, you may not be able to complete all required hours with FMR alone.

Please review FMR's events and then check out our Serve the River partners' opportunities

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!



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.