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Thank you, River Stewards!

In 2019, volunteers of all ages got their hands dirty with FMR at community volunteer events. Together over 1,400 individuals gave a combined 4,916 hours of service to help protect, enhance and restore the health of the river and our local communities. We're so grateful to our amazing River Stewards! >>

December 11

Another banner year for our young river stewards!

A big thank you to all the young river stewards who helped us protect and restore the Mighty Mississippi in 2019 — all 2,482 of you!

Students stenciled educational messages alongside storm drains, collected trash throughout Twin Cities parks and helped not only restore habitat along the river but research the best ways to keep it healthy in the future. ​Plus, students in our new pilot program for exploring the environmental field. >>

November 5

The first Youth Empowerment Program's final projects

Youth Empowerment Program group photo

Our first Youth Empowerment Program participants worked on capstone projects this summer. From butterfly booths to videography, their projects were impressive and impactful.

In 2019, we debuted our Youth Empowerment Program, an 8-week summer program aiming to bridge the gap between passion and accessible experience for metro youth who care about our environment. Together with our education program staff, 11 high school students explored environmental work and created their own independent projects. On their final project presentation day, our office hosted monarch butterflies, jars of Mississippi and Minnesota river water, and even a baby painted turtle nestled in a yogurt container. We were a little blown away and wanted to share a glimpse into their excellent work. >>

September 12

FMR graduates its first Youth Empowerment Program participants

One of the program participants removes invasive species on a rainy day at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary

Naomi Nickel, one of the participants in the Youth Empowerment Program, removes invasive species on a rainy day at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary. The program features a mix of hands-on experiences, guest speakers, discussions and projects to help students learn more and build skills in the environmental field.

Through canoe trips, guest speakers, pollinator surveys and more this summer, we worked with high-school aged youth from the metro area to explore career possibilities and build skills in the environmental field. Learn more about our new Youth Empowerment Program and see these leaders' capstone projects (which included monarchs, jars of river water, and even a baby painted turtle).  >>

September 9