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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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
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
ESI guest post: Informational zebra mussel workshop for kids
This is a guest post from 2022 Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) fellows Abby Peters, Miranda Micko and Anika Hanson who created an interactive educational opportunity for youth to learn about zebra mussels and their effects on water quality. Read more
Abby Peters,Miranda Micko,  Anika Hanson
ESI guest post: A look at Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
This is a guest post from 2022 Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) fellow Amani Armstrong-Morrow who researched the impacts of purple loosestrife, an invasive plant here in Minnesota, and offered solutions for slowing its spread. Read more
ESI guest post: Touring Lock and Dam No. 1
FMR's Environmental Stewardship Institute fellows toured the Ford Dam to learn about the potential for dam removal. Here's ESI Assistant Ivy Song's recap. Read more
Environmental Stewardship Institute fellows in park
Stream Health Evaluation Program starts its 16th year

Dedicated volunteers have been monitoring stream health in the Rice Creek Watershed District since 2006. Their findings, presented to decision-makers each year, help determine the watershed's future and shape policy to protect streams. Find out more and consider joining us as we get ready for the 2022 season.  >>

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Neighborhood takes the lead on restoration

At James I. Rice Park in Minneapolis, a neighborhood community saw a need for restoration of their beloved park and banded together to make it happen.  >>

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Courtney Cochran to lead art projects in Water Knowledge Network series

Anishinaabe Artist, filmmaker and community organizer Courtney Cochran will create water-based art with youth and adult participants in our Water Knowledge Network workshop series in Minneapolis this summer.  >>

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Butter Bakery Cafe, Minneapolis
Spring through summer
Throughout the Twin Cities metro area