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Tend the rare prairie at Sand Coulee SNA

With its tall grass and wildflowers, the Sand Coulee offers a different kind of beauty. With less than 1 percent of Minnesota native prairie remaining, this highly protected preserve is no less than an oasis in a desert of wildlife habitat –— 14 rare plant and animal species call the Coulee home. And with its deep prairie root systems, the Coulee also help filter pollutants from runoff water before it can enter the nearby Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers. 

Tend native prairie plants at Old Mill Park

In fall 2014, Hastings High School students and FMR ecologists planted a small prairie at the entrance of Old Mill Park. Volunteers are now needed to work with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik and Stewardship Events Coordinator Adam Flett to help remove weeds and assist with other tending tasks to help these young plants make it through summer.

Lop and remove sumac at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is one of those places you can hardly believe is in a metro area. Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. The first rises 40 to 60 feet above river-level with remarkable crescents and blowouts sculpted by southwesterly winds. The second, 110 feet above the Mississippi, has a dramatic cut-face. Dunes on both terraces rise in waves, cresting 10 to 20 feet above the swales.

Join us at Excelsior Brewing to learn how you can create a water-friendly lawn or garden

Join us at Excelsior Brewing Company and learn how you can transform your lawn or garden making it water-friendly. Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water, this FMR workshop can help your planning. Advanced registration is required - see below for more details!

Taught by FMR River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, this presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who appreciate the high-quality and concise material.

Tend the demonstration prairie at Crosby Farm Park

Help tend an interpretive native prairie planted in recent years by volunteers at Crosby Farm Regional Park!

The three-acre demonstration prairie includes 1,000 native prairie plants and species markers to educate and inform visitors. Volunteers will help weed, remove invasive species and otherwise care for the planting and the surrounding areas, all under the care and guidance of FMR and Saint Paul Parks staff. 

Tend native plants at Indian Mounds Park

Indian Mounds Park is home to one of the most photographed river views in the metro area. The iconic overlook is also home to an exciting habitat restoration project providing much-needed urban habitat while protecting the bluff, its views and local water quality.

Plant native shrubs and wildflowers in the Oak Savanna [FULL]

Thank you for your interest in this event, however it has reached capacity and registrations are no longer being accepted. Please consider another event scheduled on the FMR calendar


Just off the main path along the Minneapolis riverfront lies a surprisingly beautiful and rare oak savanna and woodlands. This area includes the highest quality plant communities remaining in the River Gorge, including a mesic prairie and a remnant oak brushland/woodland undergoing restoration to oak savanna.