FMR Volunteer Outings & Stewardship Programs

Volunteers tending a rain garden at Sheridan Memorial Park, photo by: Rich Wahls

Volunteers tending the rain garden at Sheridan Memorial Park. Photo: Rich Wahls

Thank you for your interest in helping the river! The number of people in the Twin Cities passionate about the Mississippi never ceases to amaze. Annually, over 3,500 local river stewards get their hands dirty through FMR cleanups, storm drain stenciling outings, invasive species removals and other hands-on habitat restoration outings. We hope you can join us! Visit our events calendar for the most up-to-date listing of volunteer opportunities and events.

Volunteer outings & events

• FMR hosts approximately 60 public cleanups, hauls, pulls or plantings throughout the Twin Cities metro-area annually. 
— Most take place between April and November and are two to three hours in length. 
— No experience is required and our top-notch stewardship staff take care of all the training, tools, directions and the rest. We'll also take photos and post the album to flickr. We appreciate your time and want to make the most of it!
— You can sign up for whichever event(s) work for you. While most events require advance registration, no application or long-term commitment is required. 
— Everyone who contributes at four or more hands-on restoration events in a year earns FMR Super Volunteer status, complete with a coveted T-shirt and advanced notice of our most popular events.

Zoom in to explore this interactive map of our volunteer program areas.

There are three ways to get started:
1. Check out our events calendar to see if there's an event coming up that you'd like to join. 
2. Sign up for Mississippi Messages to receive twice monthly calendars of upcoming events in your inbox. 
3. Or send Sophie,, your address and we'll add you to the email list for the FMR stewardship program and events nearest to you. We'll also add you to the Mississippi Messages list so you get the complete FMR calendar twice-a-month, as well as important river news, resources and action alerts right in your inbox.  

School & group options

• If you'd like to schedule a river-service outing for your class, club, church or company and have 20 people or more in your group please consider a storm drain stenciling outing.
• If you're a student with service hours to complete, please check out Serve the River
• If you're a teacher or a service/engagement coordinator, let's see how we can work together.

Stewardship programs

FMR offers several stewardship programs with a mix of volunteer and education events. To be added to the email list for any of the stewardship programs below, contact Sophie at
Above the Falls in North and Northeast Minneapolis 
— The Mississippi River Gorge, spanning from roughly downtown Minneapolis downstream to Crosby Park in St. Paul
Indian Mounds and nearby parks and natural areas in East Side St. Paul 
Pine Bend Scientific & Natural Area in Rosemount and Inver Grove Heights
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park and nearby special places in South Washington County 
— The Vermillion River, a cold prairie river that flows through the heart of Dakota County before joining the Mississippi in Hastings, and its watershed 

FMR also operates partners with local government agencies on specialty programs and projects:
— storm drain stenciling with the City of Saint Paul 
— and water quality monitoring, the Stream Health Evaluation Program, with Rice Creek Watershed District 

For more information or to inquire about volunteering, please contact Sophie, or 651-222-2193 x27. We look forward to working with you!