Stewardship & Education

Over a thousand metro residents help restore and learn about the health of our metro Mississippi River through FMR events and outings.

We share upcoming public volunteer events to protect and restore natural areas and riverfront parks on our events calendar. We also offer education and volunteer opportunities for youth and educators.

Here's what our stewardship and outreach staff are currently working on behind the scenes, plus more information from program participants and partners.

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Congrats to our 2022 ESI summer intensive fellows!
We doubled the size of our summer intensive program for high school-aged youth this year. Find out what our fellows explored and learned, read two reflections on the program and see their final projects. Read more
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ESI guest post: PFAS in Minnesota and impacts on east metro drinking water
This is a guest post from 2022 Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) fellow Alecia Jendro who researched the history of 3M's PFAS disposal in the East Metro, the resulting health and environmental impacts, and what's being done about it now. Read more
ESI guest post: The nitrogen cycle and how it affects different organisms
This is a guest post from 2022 Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) fellow Spencer who created a video exploring the nitrogen cycle and the health of aquariums and how that compares to the Mississippi River. Read more
Spencer
ESI guest post: Agriculture and the Upper Mississippi
This is a guest post from 2022 Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) fellows Joseph and Peter who researched the impact of agriculture on water quality and what we can do about pollution from excess fertilizers. Read more
ESI guest post: What is the Upper Harbor Terminal Project?
This is a guest post from 2022 Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) fellow Lucy Keenan who created an infographic explaining the redevelopment project at North Minneapolis's Upper Harbor Terminal. Read more
Video: Top 8 runoff pollutants in our metro waterways

When a storm rolls through, what kind of pollutants do you imagine rush down a storm drain and into our lakes and rivers? Watch our video to find out.  >>

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ESI guest post: Making gardening accessible for everyone
This is a guest post from 2022 Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) fellow Mitali who created an informational video about making gardening and community gardens more accessible. Read more
Mitali
ESI guest post: A local dive into environmental justice
This is a guest post from 2022 ESI fellows Stacy, Margaret and Norijah who explored environmental racism in three local case studies: North Minneapolis air quality, East Phillips Neighborhood Urban Farm, and Enbridge Lines 3 & 5 Read more
Stacy, Margaret and Norijah
ESI guest post: The impact of street salt on our environment
This is a guest post from 2022 ESI fellows Hanna Bjerkness and Harper Glaeser Allen who conducted a survey to find out what their community knew about road salt pollution, then created an infographic to help them learn more. Read more
Hanna, Harper and Naomi
ESI guest post: Invasive species scavenger hunt
This is a guest post from 2022 Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) fellows Li Le Kaplow, Jasmine Jara and Sarah Hu who created a scavenger hunt for youth and their families to learn more about invasive species. Read more

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area at the Flint Hills Resources property
Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
3M's oak woodlands, Cottage Grove - exact directions will be provided to registered volunteers