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Nicollet Island cleanup + celebration!

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.

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.

Become an FMR SuperVolunteer!

Four different versions of the SuperVolunteer shirt on display at the 2019 Crosby Farm Park tending

Our SuperVolunteers show up with helping hands to at least four events per year. This year at our Crosby Farm Park tending, we spotted four different versions of the t-shirt we send to these loyal volunteers.

If you've been to an FMR event, you've likely encountered a SuperVolunteer proudly clad in an identifying t-shirt. There's still time to join their ranks! Just volunteer at four or more hands-on restoration events (or contribute 20+ hours) this year. We've got plenty of upcoming events in need of helping hands. Sign up so you can earn your 2019 SuperVolunteer status.  >>

August 13

Haul and stack buckthorn at Vermillion Falls Park

Located in downtown Hastings, Vermillion Falls Park is a favorite stop of waterfall viewing. It is also the central park running along the Vermillion River surrounded by Old Mill Park and Vermillion Linear Park. The Vermillion River is an important Mississippi River tributary and is the only trophy brown trout stream in a metro area in the United States. 

Improve pollinator habitat at Camel's Hump Park

Join us Thursday, June 13 for a summer worknight at a stunning site with expansive blufftop views of the Mississippi River valley. Together we'll tend to volunteer-planted pollinator patches — small gardens that provide much-needed concentrated habitat and resources for local birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators while beautifying the park.

RSVP soon as we expect this event to reach capacity. >>

Native bluff prairie tending at Indian Mounds Park [FULL]

Indian Mounds Park is home to one of the most photographed river views in the metro area. The iconic overlook is also home to a restoration project providing much-needed habitat and biodiversity while protecting the bluff, the views and local water quality.

Join us at this iconic park Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m. But RSVP soon as we expect this event to reach capacity. >>

What's in a storm drain stenciling kit?

Help reduce river pollution by stenciling storm drains

Looking to do some good for the Mississippi River, but need a flexible schedule? FMR offers complete do-it-yourself St. Paul storm drain stenciling kits for groups of two to 20, spring through fall.

Learn more in this video with FMR stenciling coordinator Daurius Mikroberts as he walks you through the kit's ingredients, or learn more on our stenciling kits page.

May 2

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