FMR ecologist coauthors paper on the importance of replanting after buckthorn removal

When FMR volunteers remove buckthorn, we're making way for native plants to reestablish critical habitat. In a new research paper, following up by planting native plants seems to show another benefit: Buckthorn has a harder time making a comeback.  >>

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Thank you, 2020 River Stewards!

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!  >>

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Tending the prairie at Mounds Park
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.  >>

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Thank you, youth river stewards!

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

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Four youth volunteers stand in a wooded area holding a large buckthorn branch.
FMR welcomes new program leader 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.  >>

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Laura Mann Hill
'Make & Take' Rain Barrel Workshop - Just $45!
Register to claim a rain barrel and conversion kit for just $45! Learn more and register here. Read more
Two people putting together a rain barrel


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nicollet Island, Minneapolis
New date: Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights