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Volunteer Events

Go birding at Riverside Park - [CANCELED]

Based upon Saturday's weather forecast we've made the decision to cancel this bird hike. Rainy days make for very poor birding. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for understanding. 

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Get outside this spring with FMR

Volunteers collecting trash

Come one, come all! Individuals, families and groups of all sizes are invited to get outside and help the Mississippi River with FMR. We host roughly 200 outings and events annually with over 5,000 participants from throughout the metro area. (Photo by Amy Kilgore)

Feeling the urge to get outside? FMR has heaps of spring events and activities for individuals and groups alike. Read on or visit our Events Calendar to choose the best fit for you.

March 9

Plant native shrubs along the Vermillion River [FULL]

Spend a late spring morning with FMR staff and volunteers at the Wilmar property along the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River. After a brief hike volunteers will install native shrubs and fencing near the river banks to increase habitat diversity and help stabilize the stream bank.

Pledge to pull garlic mustard at Crosby Farm Park [FULL]

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

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Crosby Farm Park is a natural oasis in the heart of the city, nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Enjoy the beauty of early spring at this riverside park while helping protect native plants beneficial to our local wildlife and waters at this annual tradition.

Haul buckthorn at the Vermillion Aquatic Managment Area [FULL]

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

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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.

Community brush haul & bonfire at newly protected Houlton Farm

Join us for our first volunteer event at the newly protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area. We'll learn about this new restoration site, haul out precut invasive buckthorn to make way for upcoming habitat restoration efforts, and then enjoy lunch around a bonfire!

All are welcome at this family-friendly gathering. But advanced registration is required and space is limited. See below for more information.

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