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Got a group? Stencil storm drains with us!

Note: We're watching public health guidelines closely. All stenciling programs are canceled or postponed until at least May 1, 2020. We're also working to provide online lessons and alternative independent activities for registrants impacted by coronavirus cancellations.

Sign up here if you'd like us to email you when we reactivate stenciling outings.

Planting along the banks of the Vermillion

Enjoy a crisp fall morning on the banks of the Vermillion River in Farmington! Volunteers are needed to assist FMR and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization with a unique planting project, helping to fight against invasive species and create habitat for native pollinators and birds. Additionally, volunteers may be asked to help with other restoration tasks. 

H2O + Hops: Habitat restoration, water quality and you

Join us for an evening of H2O and hops at Hastings' newest watering hole, Spiral Brewery! Local experts from Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) and Hastings Environmental Protectors (HEP) will highlight important trends and emerging issues facing the Vermillion Watershed. Learn about local efforts to improve water quality and increase habitat restoration and biodiversity – plus actions you can take in your home and yard to help do your part.

Woodland planting on Nicollet Island [FULL - register for waitlist!]

Join us for an evening of planting climate-adapted shrubs and trees in the woodlands on Nicollet Island. FMR is leading a multi-year restoration of the natural areas on the north half of Nicollet Island in partnership with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.

Fall brush removal at Cottage Grove Ravine Park [FULL - register for waitlist!]

With 515 acres of hills and heavily wooded ravines, a lake and a smattering of small prairies, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park features a beautifully diverse landscape. A glacial tunnel valley bisects the park, featuring 80- to 100-foot slopes home to a compelling array of vegetation and habitats. The ravine ends in a small lake where people enjoy fishing, birdwatching and picnics.