Thank you for your interest in helping the river! 

Annually, over 3,500 local river stewards get their hands dirty through FMR cleanups, storm drain stenciling outings, invasive species removals and other habitat restoration activities. We hope you can join us.

  • Most events take place between April and November and are two to three hours in length.
  • No experience is required. FMR staff take care of training, tools, directions and the rest.
  • Sign up for whichever event(s) work for you. Most events require advanced registration, no application or long-term commitment is required.
  • Contribute to four or more hands-on restoration events in a year to earn FMR SuperVolunteer status, coveted T-shirt included.

Follow us on social (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and sign up for our Mississippi Messages e-newsletter to stay current on our work.

Questions? Contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@fmr.org or 651-222-2193 x27.


FMR hosts public cleanups, hauls, pulls or plantings throughout the Twin Cities metro-area annually. No experience is required.

Stencil storm drains

If you're with a group looking for a fun, team-building experience while doing good for the river, consider painting educational messages next to storm drains.

Stenciling outings are offered mid-April through mid-October.

Stewardship groups

FMR offers several geographically-specific stewardship programs with a mix of volunteer and education events. We also offer events specifically for BIPOC volunteers.


Attend four or more volunteer events in a year and earn SuperVolunteer status and a unique t-shirt.

Classrooms & youth programs

FMR offers a variety of education and volunteer opportunities for teachers and youth, as well as professional training and career pathways programs.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 17 OR October 8, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wellstone Center, St. Paul
Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
3M's oak woodlands, Cottage Grove
Saturday, October 28, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area at the Flint Hills Resources property
Ole Olson prairie, Mississippi River, Minneapolis skyline

Celebrate 30 years of FMR!

For our 30th anniversary, our wish is for you to join us in restoring, protecting and enhancing the Mississippi River.