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Pull garlic mustard at the river gorge sand flats

Join us for an evening of invasive species removal at the Minneapolis river gorge sand flats, known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Working alongside FMR staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard – an exotic plant invading many areas of the river gorge and outcompeting native plant species.

Stencil Storm Drains for Water Quality

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 for May-July 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

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. 

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.

Fall brush removal at Ravine Park + lunch!

With 515 acres of hills and heavily wooded ravines, a small 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.

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!

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