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Cut & haul buckthorn at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA [FULL]

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is one of those places you can hardly believe is in a metro area. Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. The first rises 40 to 60 feet above river-level with remarkable crescents and blowouts sculpted by southwesterly winds. The second, 110 feet above the Mississippi, has a dramatic cut-face. Dunes on both terraces rise in waves, cresting 10 to 20 feet above the swales.

Workday in the woodlands [FULL]

Thank you for your interest in this event. We have reached capacity and are no longer taking registrations. Please consider joining us at one of our other upcoming events. Check out the Event Calendar for open opportunities. We look forward to working with you! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore,, to be notified of upcoming Gorge Stewards volunteer events.


Help restore Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area, brush haul + celebration [FULL]

Join Friends of the Mississippi River, Flint Hills Resources and Great River Greening as we return to the Flint Hills property within the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River —— one of the largest and most diverse native ecosystems left in the metro area. The site is only accessible to the public for special occasions such as this annual restoration and celebration event on Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.-noon.

To complete your registration for this event you must include your name, address and phone number for yourself and anyone in your party. Please note, participants must be 15 years of age or older. Registration will close on October 6th, 2016.

**contact LM

Collect native prairie seed at the Sand Coulee SNA [FULL]

After a brief training, volunteers will help hand collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. No experience is needed, all training and materials will be provided.

**contact Linda to sign up!

Volunteers plant pollinator patches aplenty

An FMR Vermillion Stewards volunteer plants a pollinator patch.

Never unederestimate the power of a pollinator patch!

What can a small planting of milkweed and other natives really do for pollinators? More than you might think. 

Hastings Environmental Protectors and FMR teamed up to create three new pollinator patches, helping to provide much-needed habitat for a variety of insect and pollinating species in the Vermillion and Mississippi river watersheds.


August 8

Collect native seed + cut cottonwood seedlings at Heritage Village Park [FULL]

Located just 15 minutes south of St. Paul in Inver Grove Heights, Heritage Village Park is a 50-acre site on the banks of the Mississippi River. Volunteers will collect native prairie grass seed and cut cottonwood seedlings. This native grass seed will be replanted at Heritage Village Park and neighboring Rock Island Swing Bridge Park. Volunteers may also be asked to participate in other restoration tasks that are needed to help improve this site.

Haul brush from the oak woodlands

Thanks to the support of local volunteers and a long-term partnership with 3M, FMR has had the privilege of helping to preserve and restore the oak woodlands at 3M's Cottage Grove facility near the Mississippi River. Volunteers are needed to haul pre-cut brush from this natural area to make way for native species to thrive. A light breakfast and catered lunch will be provided.

Tend the demonstration prairie at Ole Olson Park [FULL]

Join us as we return to one of FMR's newest restoration sites! Volunteers are needed to help tend a demonstration native prairie at Ole Olson Park in Minneapolis' Above the Falls Regional Park. Working with the city and relying on local volunteer power over time, we look forward to transforming the park into an oasis of habitat and respite — returning willows to the shoreline, wildflowers to the slopes and majestic oaks to the terraces.