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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July 11, 2022

FMR's Environmental Stewardship Institute fellows toured the Ford Dam to learn about the potential for dam removal. Here's ESI Assistant Ivy Song's recap.  >>

Sophie Downey
July 11, 2022

Dedicated volunteers have been monitoring stream health in the Rice Creek Watershed District since 2006. Their findings, presented to decision-makers each year, helps determine the watershed's future and shape policy to protect streams. Find out more and consider joining us as we get ready for the 2022 season.  >>

June 17, 2022

At James I. Rice Park in Minneapolis, a neighborhood community saw a need for restoration of their beloved park and banded together to make it happen.  >>

Laura Mann Hill
June 15, 2022

Anishinaabe Artist, filmmaker and community organizer Courtney Cochran will create water-based art with youth and adult participants in our Water Knowledge Network workshop series in Minneapolis this summer.  >>

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.  >>

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