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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. We now also offer our educational resources online.

In this program 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. We are now also offering our educational resources online.

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

Happy trails, Daurius!

Daurius Mikroberts gives a thumbs up

Daurius, all smiles here at the Earth Day cleanup in 2019, helped thousands of youth and volunteers protect and restore our river over his three years as FMR Program Assistant.

In three years, Program Assistant Daurius Mikroberts worked with more than 3,000 youth to help protect our river. As Daurius ends his role at FMR, we know the impact of his efforts will go on. >>

February 11

Heading outside? Pick up litter through April — #DIYEarthMonth

First, a note...

In all honesty, we weren't sure if we wanted to promote cleanups during this difficult time. But, our river communities already made this decision! Many of you are already out there, picking up trash and improving the health of our environment and the river.

As you take a break, reconnect with nature and get a little exercise, please remember to follow the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations such as avoiding groups (stay by yourself or with your household), not touching your face and maintaining a safe distance from others.