St. Paul storm drain stenciling outing kits now available

Stenciling storm drains in St. Paul

Stenciling storm drains is a fun way to get outside, educate our communities and help the Mississippi River. (Photo by Rich Wahls)

Note: Our stenciling program has resumed with proper COVID-19 safety precautions. Sign up for a no-contact DIY stenciling kit pick up below or socially distanced group outing today.

Most St. Paul storm drains lead directly to the river, bringing trash, oil, road salt, leaves and cigarette butts into our river after it rains.

FMR works with groups of all sizes to stencil storm drains with the message "Keep em' clean... Drains to River" and distribute educational flyers to local homes to help spread the word and keep runoff pollutants out of our river.

Groups with fewer than 15 people can check out a stenciling kit and work with us to plan their own outing, mid-April through mid-October. (Larger groups should check out our regular stenciling program.)

Check out your kit and get stenciling

Step 1:  Sign our online pledge and waiver and provide your contact info.
Step 2:  FMR's stenciling crew will contact you within a week to confirm and coordinate.
Step 3:  Pick up your stenciling kit at our agreed-upon time at FMR's downtown St. Paul office.
Step 4:  Follow the directions and maps in the bin. Groups can stencil any area within the City of St. Paul, so we can usually find a convenient location for most stencilers.
Step 5:  Return the kit and data to FMR offices by our agreed-upon deadline.


A small-group storm drain stenciling service outing:
• Lasts as long as you would like it to. Bins can be checked out for up to one week.
• Can accommodate anywhere from one to 20 people. (Larger groups should check out our regular stenciling program.)
• Is entirely free with all supplies provided. (See what's inside in the video below.)
• Must take place within St. Paul city limits. Volunteers living, attending school or working in St. Paul can usually mark drains near their homes, school or office. Someone from the FMR Outreach Team will work with you and your group to select your location.
• Can usually be coordinated within two weeks. However, bins are limited so occasionally we need to wait for another group to return theirs and plan a bit further out.

What's inside? Watch the video

Need a sneak peek at the kit before signing one out? Check out the video below created by volunteer Will Stock featuring last year's stenciling coordinator, Daurius Mikroberts.

Reserve your kit!