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River island cleanup + lunch! [FULL]

Thank you for your interest in helping at the River Island Cleanup + Lunch, we've reached capacity and registrations are no longer being accepted. Please consider joining us at a different upcoming event. To be notified of future Vermillion Stewards habitat restoration and education events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org.

Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area brush haul + celebration

Join Friends of the Mississippi River, Flint Hills Resources and Great River Greening as we return to the Flint Hills property within the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River —— one of the largest and most diverse native ecosystems left in the metro area. The site is only accessible to the public for special occasions such as this annual restoration and celebration event on Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.-noon.

Collect native prairie seed at the Sand Coulee SNA

After a brief training on the importance of seed collecting and identification, volunteers will help hand collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. Volunteers will work with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik in the natural area most recently added to the Sand Coulee Scientific & Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. This is especially important as the Sand Coulee provides a home to 13 rare plant and animal species.

Stencil St. Paul storm drains + taproom outing at Bad Weather Brewing

Join FMR Stewardship Program Manager Adam Flett and Youth Coordinator Kate Clayton at Bad Weather Brewery!

After a brief training and presentation on runoff pollution, we'll take to the streets of "Uppertown" St. Paul. Armed with spray paint, a stencil and traffic cones (courtesy of St. Paul Public Works) we'll stencil "Keep 'em Clean, Drains to River" next to storm drains. 

H2O + Hops: Local water quality presentation

How is the health of Lake Minnetonka? Minnehaha Creek? The Mississippi River? Join FMR Water Program Director Trevor Russell at Excelsior Brewing to find out.

From invasive "flying" carp to phosphorus levels and blue-green algal blooms, Trevor will spend the first portion of the evening highlighting the most important trends and emerging issues our local waters face, as well as potential solutions.

Oak woodlands brush haul

Thanks to the ongoing support of local volunteers and a long-term partnership with 3M, FMR has had the privilege of helping to preserve and restore the oak woodlands around 3M's Cottage Grove facility near the Mississippi River. Former invasive species thickets are now home to wildflowers and wildlife, helping to connect adjacent natural areas and form part of a green corridor in southern Washington County.

Wanted: SuperVolunteers!

SuperVolunteers Stacy & Allan

SuperVolunteers Stacy Enzmann and Allan Tokuda preserve wildlife habitat by removing invasive buckthorn at an FMR event. (By Anna Botz Photography)

If you've been to an FMR event, chances are you've encountered a SuperVolunteer wearing their identifying T-shirt with pride. To join their ranks (complete with a coveted T-shirt and special event invitations) volunteers need to participate in four or more hands-on restoration events or contribute 20 hours total throughout the year.

There are still plenty of upcoming events in need of helping hands to attain SuperVolunteer status! Check out the FMR event calendar or contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org, to get started.

August 1

Plant oak trees at Heritage Village Park [FULL]

Thank you for your interest in this event, however, capacity has been reached and registrations are no longer being accepted. Please consider joining us at another upcoming event.

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Located just 15 minutes south of St. Paul in Inver Grove Heights, Heritage Village Park is a 50-acre site on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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