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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.


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.

Thank you, volunteers! Plus, the best photos from our 2016 event season

Volunteers planting native shrubs along the River Gorge

FMR stewardship volunteers planting native shrubs along the River Gorge in south Minneapolis. The native plants will provide much-needed urban wildlife habitat for birds, pollinators and other critters, and also help prevent erosion. 

The number of Twin Citians passionate about the Mississippi River never ceases to amaze us. In 2016, over 3,700 people pitched in at 98 FMR volunteer events. It was an honor to work with each of you.

Whether you spent a couple of hours picking up trash with us on Earth Day, hauled brush on a Saturday morning, took the "pledge to pull" this spring, or earned full FMR SuperVolunteer status participating in several events throughout the year, thank you!

And please enjoy a few of our favorite photos from the 2016 event season

December 9, 2016

A writhing mass of … Indiangrass seed?

When things move that shouldn’t it’s a cause for investigation. The self-seeding motions of a pile of volunteer-gathered Indiangrass seed caught this FMR ecologist by surprise.

October 7, 2016

Landscape for the River Workshop: Native Plants, Raingardens, Lawn Care for Water Quality (+ Winter Tips)

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 jumpstart your spring planning. We'll also touch on practices to make your yard (and sidewalks) river-friendlier this winter.

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

Cut & haul buckthorn at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA [FULL]

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.

Workday in the woodlands [FULL]

Thank you for your interest in this event. We have reached capacity and are no longer taking registrations. Please consider joining us at one of our other upcoming events. Check out the Event Calendar for open opportunities. We look forward to working with you! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore,, to be notified of upcoming Gorge Stewards volunteer events.