Stewardship and education updates

Over a thousand metro residents help restore and learn about the health of our metro Mississippi River through FMR events and outings.

We share upcoming public volunteer events to protect and restore natural areas and riverfront parks on our events calendar. We also offer education and volunteer opportunities for youth and educators.

Here's what our stewardship and outreach staff are currently working on behind the scenes, plus more information from program participants and partners.

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Naomi Nickel
April 13, 2022

The most recent expansion of our Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) is a youth-led council that explores pathways to environmental leadership at FMR and in the larger Twin Cities community through the school year. Here's what the 2022-2023 founding members have been up to, including their first public event earlier this month.  >>

Sophie Downey
March 7, 2022

We're back at the river gorge for the annual Earth Day cleanup! Join us on April 23 or mark your calendar for our other spring events.  >>

February 11, 2022

FMR is searching for qualified mentors for our Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI), our summer program for high school-aged youth. Both STEM and arts professionals are encouraged to apply. >>

January 3, 2022

Please note, the application period for this position has closed.

January 3, 2022

Please note, the application period for this position has closed.

Sophie Downey
December 8, 2021

We are so grateful to our amazing 2021 volunteers! See our video highlights and read more about the positive impact you had on the river this year.  >>

Ashley O'Neill Prado
December 7, 2021

In 2021, more than 500 youth stenciled storm drains with water quality messages, conducted scientific surveys of pollinators and worms at our project sites, and helped restore land through invasive species removal.  >>

November 16, 2021

In a recent article, the founder of the Urban Bird Collective, Monica Bryand, talks about why she's "building a more diverse, inclusive birding community," and our own Stewardship and Education Director Laura Mann Hill reflects on the power of BIPOC events.

Shout out to the collective for signing on to support the MRRRI Act, too!  >>

Ashley O'Neill Prado
November 8, 2021

Thanks to hundreds of volunteers, we exceeded our storm drain stenciling goals for 2021 despite our second season of COVID-19. Together, neighbors, classrooms, sports teams, girl scouts, churches and local businesses stenciled 1,615 storm drains in the Twin Cities and shared 2,529 flyers with community members to spread the word about why it's so important to keep our storm drains clean.  >>

Sophie Downey
October 11, 2021

Visit Swede Hollow Park in St. Paul to see our latest storm drain mural! Designed by Thomasina Topbear, this mural celebrates connections to the river and water as the lifeblood of our communities.  >>

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