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'Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution'

It wasn’t that long ago that conservation and protecting the environment were bipartisan priorities at the Minnesota legislature and in Congress. Why did that change? What can we do to bring Minnesotans together around clean air, clean water and conservation?

Please join FMR and our friends at Conservation Minnesota for an evening with the author of Getting to Green: Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution, Frederic C. Rich. 

Wanted: SuperVolunteers!

SuperVolunteers Stacy & Allan

SuperVolunteers Stacy Enzmann and Allan Tokuda preserve wildlife habitat by removing invasive buckthorn at an FMR event. (By Anna Botz Photography)

If you've been to an FMR event, chances are you've encountered a SuperVolunteer wearing their identifying T-shirt with pride. To join their ranks (complete with a coveted T-shirt and special event invitations) volunteers need to participate in four or more hands-on restoration events or contribute 20 hours total throughout the year.

There are still plenty of upcoming events in need of helping hands to attain SuperVolunteer status! Check out the FMR event calendar or contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore,, to get started.

August 1

Conservation Benefit Variety Show for FMR!

The Historic Mounds Theater on St. Paul's East Side is hosting a conservation variety show — with belly dancing, aerials, pole dancing, acrobatics, a sword swallower and more — to celebrate World Nature Day, with proceeds benefiting Friends of the Mississippi River! 

Following the variety show will be a screening of National Geographic’s "Before the Flood," a documentary about climate change. 

River Guardians happy hour: Legislative session wrap-up

Join us Tuesday, June 27, 4:30 p.m. to raise a glass to a good fight at the Minnesota Legislature this session. We'll hear from FMR's Capitol Crew experts Trevor Russell and Leili Fatehi about the good, the bad and the ugly. We'll also report back and share the stats about FMR River Guardians' great advocacy throughout the session and give you a glimpse into upcoming advocacy opportunities to protect and restore the Mississippi River.

State of the River 101 for Policymakers

How is the health of the Mississippi River? Can I safely swim in it? Can I eat the fish I catch? What can we do about silver and other invasive carp? How are bald eagles faring? 

At FMR we hear questions like these all the time. That's why we partnered with the National Park Service's Mississippi National River & Recreation Area unit to develop the State of the River Report

Elizabeth Kolbert — 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History'

Join us to hear Elizabeth Kolbert's groundbreaking research on the dynamic between humans and the environment. FMR is proud to be a community partner for this important upcoming event featuring esteemed science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, speaking on her 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning book: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.  Discounted tickets are available for FMR supporters.

Reconnecting North Minneapolis to the Mighty Mississippi

Do you like to use the parks and trails along the Mississippi River? Are you excited about the new parkland coming to the riverfront in North Minneapolis? We are, too! We also want it to be safe and easy for residents and other community members to walk or bike between the existing North Minneapolis neighborhoods and this new parkland (and vice versa).