Volunteer Events

Volunteer Events
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!

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Volunteers collecting native seed at the Sand Coulee SNA
Volunteers plant pollinator patches aplenty

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.


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An FMR Vermillion Stewards volunteer plants a pollinator patch.
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.

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Volunteers collecting native seed at Heritage Village Park
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.

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Brush haul volunteers at 3M Cottage Grove
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.

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Ole Olson Park volunteers planting showy prairie species
Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshop - Just $35!

Learn what you can do to make your yard watershed-friendly and bring home your own ready-to-go rain barrel. 

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Volunteers installing a rain barrel conversion kit
Brown-Bag Lunch: Reconnecting North Mpls to the Mighty Mississippi

As more North Minneapolis riverfront is slated to become parkland, it's important to ensure that new parks and trails are truly accessible to Northside residents. To do this, connections between the community and the riverfront parkland (such as the Broadway bridge over I-94, pictured above) must be improved.

FMR has been working with a researcher from CURA to study Northsiders’ barriers to river access as well as possible ways to overcome them. Join us for a brown-bag lunch featuring a presentation of our findings and discussion about the barriers and opportunities to reconnect North Minneapolis neighborhoods and the Mississippi River.

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The desolate and congested West Broadway bridge over I-94 looking towards the Mississippi River


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