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Lop sprouting buckthorn in the river gorge

Join us for an evening of working along the beautiful Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side of the river gorge. This event will take place in the sand flats - an area of riverside floodplain forest at the north end of FMR's 36th St. Oak Savanna restoration project.

Growing diversity for climate resiliency in Minneapolis riverfront forests

In a gravel-bed nursery that captures stormwater at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s office, we’re growing tree species predicted to do well as Minnesota's climate warms. These bare-root trees will be ready to plant at our habitat restoration sites this fall, where they’ll strengthen the resiliency of our riverfront canopy.  >>

May 13

'Erosion: Sculpting the Landscape' online lesson

Local teens create habitat, reduce erosion

To reduce erosion, students from Harding High Earth Club planted native shrubs and flowers with FMR staff on the Indian Mounds Park bluff overlooking the river in St. Paul.

FMR is proud to work with roughly 2,000 youth annually, and is striving to offer our educational presentations and resources online.

First, in 'Our Waters,' we covered watersheds, what they are and how what we do on the land impacts our water's health.

Then, in 'Ecosystems invaded!" we learned about ecoystems, invasive plants and animals and why they matter for our local wildlife and waters.

Now, we are proud to present our erosion program. Come explore our Minnesota landscape and learn how erosion continues to form many of its distinct features and impacts our great Mississippi River. >>

May 11

Meet FMR's 2020 Youth Empowerment Program assistants

Ayva and Naomi

Ayva and Naomi, part of last year's inaugural Youth Empowerment Program group, will be this year's assistants.

Summer program assistants Ayva Sloo and Naomi Nickel share how their Minnesotan roots and last year's Youth Empowerment Program have impacted their career aspirations and connection to local environmental issues.  >>

Become a community scientist

Scientists sometimes turn to the public to collect observations and data on flora and fauna. If you’re heading outside, why not take note of the wildlife and blooms you see? Here are a few of our favorite projects that call for community scientists.  >>

April 28

'Ecosystems Invaded!' online lesson

High School students assist FMR staff with removing buckthorn an invasive species at a restoration site

Many invasive species removal projects are taken on and completed by high school students. Here a group of Harding High School students and their teacher pose next to the pile of buckthorn they were able to remove.

FMR is proud to conduct indoor and outdoor educational programs for approximately 2,000 youth annually. During this difficult time, we're striving to offer our educational resources online.

First, in 'Our Waters,' we covered watersheds, what are they and how do humans impact both the land and our water's health.

In our second presentation, we learn what an ecosystem is, the difference between native, non-native, invasive, and non-invasive plants and animals, and why this matters for our local wildlife and waters.

Come explore our waters with these videos, note sheets and activities. >>

April 17

Caring for the river and one another this spring

Picking up trash on a local walk (solo and wearing gloves)

We've pulled together ideas about how to celebrate Earth Day all month for supporters like you to act on your values and enjoy moments of positive impact during this tough time. So whether you're up for advocating online, collecting litter or you just need a moment to be still and witness the migrating birds, we look forward to celebrating Earth Month with you — separately, but together.  >>

April 13

'Our Waters' online watershed lesson

Students enjoy the Mississippi River as it flows through the Minneapolis and St. Paul river gorge

The Mississippi River is the main river in our local watershed. About half of the continental United States drains water into the Mighty Mississippi.

FMR is proud to conduct indoor and outdoor educational programs for approximately 2,000 youth annually. During this difficult time, we're striving to offer our educational resources online.

First up: What is a watershed and how do humans impact both the land and our water's health? Come explore our waters with these videos, note sheets and activities. >>

April 10

Nicollet Island cleanup + celebration! [FULL]

Join FMR and Odell Brewing Company for this island cleanup to "Make it Pretty"! We'll collect trash from the shoreline and from the forested areas of Nicollet Island to prevent pollution and improve water quality in the Mississippi River.

Earth Day and beyond: Spring activities (fingers crossed)

Family with trash bags

Though we're not sure what will happen in April, we are sure we'll find and share ways to work toward river health (and human health!) this Earth Day.

Most of FMR's spring events take place in May and early June. For the moment, these events are open for registration. Our fingers crossed, we'll be able to get back out there to restore riverfront habitat soon. So please do sign up!

Naturally, we're watching health guidelines carefully. If you register, we may end up emailing you to support independent restoration outings instead, but we'll be sure to send detailed location and training information to help you do the most good.  >>

March 6

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