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Meet our new youth coordinator

Ashley, Kate

Ashley O'Neill Prada (left) will be our new youth coordinator in March, after Kate Clayton (right) steps away from the role. (Kate's photo by Dodd Demas)

Longtime youth coordinator Kate Clayton recently stepped down from her position after more than seven years of service to FMR. She leaves a legacy of inspiring many thousands of youth, volunteers and educators, and equipping them with knowledge and skills to enhance and protect our river and watershed. Ashley O'Neill Prado will be promoted to youth coordinator in March.  >>

February 4

Education intern creates curriculum connecting people and place

Elia, FMR intern

Elia Engberg, in their senior year of Environmental & Educational Studies at Macalester College, spent eight weeks as FMR's stewardship and education intern this fall. They worked collaboratively with FMR's team to create new curriculum resources that uplift connections between people and place, highlighting culture and identity relationships as essential parts of environmental education.  >>

January 8

Thank you, 2020 River Stewards!

Tending the prairie at Mounds Park

SuperVolunteer Karen Jenkins helps to restore the prairie triangles at Indian Mounds Park. Karen is one of more than 700 volunteers who joined us this year. (Photo by Dodd Demas for FMR.)

In 2020, volunteers of all ages got their hands dirty with FMR at community volunteer events. Together more than 700 individuals gave a combined 2,674 hours of service to help protect, enhance and restore the health of the river and our local communities despite COVID-19. We're so grateful to our amazing River Stewards!  >>

December 8

Indian Mounds Regional Park: Restored land in a sacred place

It's hard to overstate the importance of Indian Mounds Regional Park. Situated atop the bluff just east of downtown St. Paul, the park harbors a wealth of cultural, historical and ecological significance. The park is also unique in that it's where three of FMR’s programs — land conservation, stewardship and youth engagement — converge.  >>

November 10

Thank you, youth river stewards!

Four youth volunteers stand in a wooded area holding a large buckthorn branch.

This fall, Farmington High School Honors Society masked up and removed buckthorn at Rambling River Park. Metro youth contributed 142 hours to making way for habitat this year.

Despite COVID-19, we engaged hundreds of youth as active stewards and students of the river in 2020.  >>

November 3

FMR welcomes new program leader Laura Mann Hill

Laura Mann Hill

Passionate about connecting people with the river and each other, Laura is a natural fit here at FMR. An educator, artist and activist, she'll work with our stewardship and education staff to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.  >>

October 14

A serene image for a rocky 2020: FMR's fourth water quality mural

Artists work on mural and pose with finished mural

This summer, local artists worked with students to design our fourth water quality mural at Harriet Island featuring the Mississippi, an iconic bridge, wildlife and more.

Our latest water quality mural is also our first to focus on the Mississippi River. The postcard-like design showcases the river as a serene destination, created by two local artists with input from students. See the mural up close near the pavilion at Harriet Island.  >>

October 6