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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. 

Haul buckthorn at the Vermillion Aquatic Management Area [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

Join us in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River.

Join us at the annual River Gorge Earth Day cleanup

Taking place just off of West River Parkway, this cleanup is an Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge. People come from throughout the local river corridor, neighborhoods and metro area – individuals, families, small church, corporate and student or scout groups – to celebrate Earth Day and contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River. All are welcome! This is a family-friendly event providing an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area.

Best of 2015: a photographic year in review

Thank you once again to our dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers! We had a record breaking year and couldn't have done it without you! Take a minute to check out our Best of 2015 Flickr photo album for a glimps of our year in review. We are working away to get the volunteer event schedule for 2016 set and hope to see many new and familiar faces at our upcoming events. FMR would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all of our event partners, sponsors and contributing members who help make these events possible.

December 8

Group programs and outings available

Are you an educator or youth program coordinator looking for a free one-hour, interactive water quality program for your class or group? In addition to our popular outdoor outings, FMR offers many indoor water-related activities perfect for this time of year. All are taught by FMR staff, include a hands-on activity or game, and are designed to meet state standards. Plus, thanks to our generous funders, they're free.