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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Final projects from our 2023 ESI summer intensive fellows
Our summer youth fellows created capstone projects they were passionate about, ranging from a river cleanup volunteer event to a zine about sustainable agriculture. Read more
ESI group picture in the woods
Now hiring: Collaborative Pathways partnership manager
Please help spread the word about a new position to support the Collaborative Pathways program. Read more
Metropolitan Council consults FMR's youth council for 2050 plan
The Environmental Stewardship Institute's Youth Council presented to the Met Council their findings on park access and connection, habitat conservation and community gardens. Hear their recommendations. Read more
ESI group in front of infographic posters
FMR's Laura Mann Hill featured in 'SciGirls River Rescuers' episode
Catch FMR Stewardship & Education Program Director Laura Mann Hill in the latest "SciGirls" series. Read more
Four young people look at a watershed model with Laura
Welcome to four new FMR staff
This spring we're excited to introduce you to four new staff who will work with our youth programs, events, restoration projects and pollinator research. Read more
Julia, Leah, Carrie, Sov
Celebrating the Water Knowledge Network
FMR debuted our Water Knowledge Network last summer to share community knowledge about water and love for water, while building skills for youth and adults to care for our watershed. Here's what we learned. Read more
People circled in community garden
We're hiring!
Join FMR's Stewardship & Education team! Read more
Environmental Stewardship Institute fellows in canoe on river.
Farewell Sophie Downey!
After five years of service, FMR's outreach and volunteer coordinator Sophie Downey is moving on. Sophie's hard work brought thousands of metro residents to natural areas to help restore habitat and strengthen community connections. Yay, volunteers! Read more
Sophie Downey smiling for the camera while standing in front of the Mississippi River.
What our volunteers and youth accomplished in 2022
Thanks to 958 young river stewards and 1,926 volunteers for joining us to restore habitat, monitor water quality, stencil storm drains, clean up riverbanks and more this year. You made a difference for the river! Read more
Volunteers in front of sunset
'Heal with the Earth:' FMR's 2022 mural for water quality
FMR worked with artist Graci Horne this year to create a water quality mural at Lake Phalen: a youth-inspired design showing the hydrogen cycle through life connected by water — Dakota floral, wild rice, animals — up through the atmosphere. Read more
Artist Graci Horne with the completed mural

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
West River Parkway and 36th Street/44th Street, Minneapolis
Applications due Friday, May 3 by 5 p.m.
Virtual and in-person
Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area