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Volunteer Events

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. >>

Become an FMR SuperVolunteer!

SuperVolunteers Allan and Stacy show off their true colors in front of the river.

SuperVolunteers Allan and Stacy show off their true colors in front of the river.

If you've been to an FMR event, you've likely encountered a SuperVolunteer proudly clad in their identifying T-shirt. To join their ranks, volunteers need to participate in four or more hands-on restoration events (or contribute 20+ hours) throughout the year.

There are plenty of upcoming events in need of helping hands for you to earn 2018 SuperVolunteer status! >>

May 21

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

Garlic mustard May!

Garlic mustard

Pull garlic mustard with us! We've got plenty of opportunities to help restore river habitat this May.

'Tis the season for garlic mustard removals. If you've skimmed the FMR events calendar recently, you may have noticed a reoccurring theme: garlic mustard pulls. Prime pulling season typically runs from late-April through May. Learn more about this pesky invader and how you can help.  >>

April 5

Got a group? Stencil storm drains with us!

If you're looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling. Reservations for stenciling outings and presentations, as well as group cleanups, are now being taken through October 2019.

What is storm drain stenciling?

Using paint and stencils, volunteers mark storm drains with the message, "Keep 'em Clean, Drains to River (Lake or Creek)!" and distribute educational door hangers to neighborhood homes and businesses.

Help pull weedy invasive plants at Riverside Park's first volunteer event

Join us for a volunteer work night at St. Paul Park's Riverside Park. Located near the backwaters of the Mississippi River, consisting of 14-acres of floodplain forest, Riverside Park is a nature study area. Remaining in a natural state provides much-needed habitat and resources for local critters of all kinds; and serves as an oasis along the Mississippi River flyway for migratory birds. 

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