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An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River

Join us to celebrate the Mississippi in the midst of its fall splendor, Thursday, September 28. From our beautiful venue on the river, we'll toast to you and the recent successes you made possible.

Guests will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Dorceta Taylor, one of the country's preeminent environmental justice scholars. Dr. Taylor, who says her work is about opening doors for other people by making the environmental movement more diverse, will talk about the intersection of environmental history, politics and justice, and what we can all do to make our special, natural places more inclusive. 

Additionally, the evening will feature an entertaining river-themed live auction, the renown Davu Seru Trio, and hearty local fare and refreshments — including a just-for-FMR signature cocktail.

Learn more on the event page!

Thank you for making FMR's fall event our most successful ever

An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River closing blessing for the Mississippi River

Dakota poet Gwen Westerman (pictured) along with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre founder Sandy Spieler led a blessing for the Mississippi River in concert with all of FMR's featured artists at An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River on September 20, 2018. (Photo by Anna Botz)

A sold-out crowd of members and friends raised over $200,000 at our biggest fall event yet. We've posted videos of inspiring performances by our featured artists, as well as our river playlist and event photos so you can relive the evening.  >>

October 10

Making the connection: Meat production and the Mississippi

Today, many experts consider agricultural pollution to be the leading source of pollution in the Mississippi River. 

At this Mighty Earth campaign launch event, FMR Water Director Trevor Russell will explain the connection between our croplands and clean water, and how we can support Minnesota's transition to farming practices that are better for both the river and our rural communities. 

Join us for An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River

We look forward to seeing you!

Mark your calendars to join us at FMR’s annual Evening Celebrating the River on Thursday, September 20 at the beautiful Aria Event Center in Minneapolis’s North Loop. 

This year’s theme, "The River Inspires," showcases a wide variety of local artists and their river-inspired artwork, rousing speakers and performances, and much more. >>

Mississippi River Trivia Night at Wabasha Brewing Company Taproom

Join fellow friends of the river the evening July 24 for Mississippi River trivia and a pint at the Wabasha Brewery taproom. 

Assemble a team of river trivia geeks or just show up and join a team of other FMR supporters for a fun-filled evening to test your knowledge of our beloved Big River.

Nicollet Island restoration kickoff information session

After over a year of planning, Friends of the Mississippi River is beginning habitat restoration on Nicollet Island. In partnership with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, FMR will lead a multi-year restoration of the natural areas on the north half of the island. This will include removal of invasive species, enhancement of degraded forest areas, and the creation of new, diverse habitat, including two acres of native prairie and the re-creation of a pocket of maple forest historically present on the island.

St. Paul storm drain stenciling kits available for 2018 season

Most St. Paul storm drains lead directly to the river. They do a great job of directing water off our streets, but think of all those things that also go down the drain after it rains or snow melts. Trash, oil, road salt, and cigarette butts are all being carried into our river in large amounts.

But there is a way to help. 

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