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Volunteer spotlight: Randy's dedication at Ole Olson Park

For Randy Miranda, volunteering every week to tend FMR's prairie restoration at Ole Olson Park near his home was a meditative way to give back and get through the pandemic. Here are Randy's reflections on why he volunteers and what we've accomplished together.  >>

March 31

Join us for Earth Day 2021 and beyond

Volunteers at the 2019 Earth Day cleanup

We're planning a busy spring of trash cleanups, garlic mustard pulls and more. Sign up for spring events today!

We're planning a busy spring of trash cleanups, garlic mustard pulls and more. Sign up for spring events today!  >>

March 29

Youth education opportunities

Harding High School Earth Club

Whether you're a young person, an educator, or a group leader of youth, we want to work with you! (Note: Waders should be worn with a belt for safety.)

Looking for ways to get outdoors or engage in a fun educational activity for the river? FMR offers a variety of free virtual and in-person education and volunteer opportunities for K-12 groups and individual youth in the greater Twin Cities metro area.  >>

Meet our new youth coordinator

Ashley, Kate

Ashley O'Neill Prado (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