Youth education opportunities

Harding High School Earth Club

Whether you're a young person, an educator, or a group leader of youth, we want to work with you! (Note: Waders should be worn with a belt for safety.)

Looking for ways to get outdoors or engage in a fun educational activity for the river? FMR offers a variety of free virtual and in-person education and volunteer opportunities for K-12 groups and individual youth in the greater Twin Cities metro area.

Classroom lessons (virtual and in-person)

FMR staff offer live virtual lessons to all K-12 classrooms in the greater Twin Cities metro area.

We look forward to offering in-person lessons in Minneapolis and St. Paul once it is safe to do so.

Topics include invasive species, wetlands, watersheds, and erosion.

We also offer self-paced online lesson materials. Find those resources and sign up for classroom lessons on our group outings and activities page.

Storm drain stenciling and cleanups

K-12 groups located in Minneapolis or St. Paul can get outside with us by scheduling a storm drain stenciling or cleanup outing with us near their location. All other groups need to provide their own transportation to a location in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

Request a stenciling or cleanup outing.

Stewardship and restoration partnerships

FMR restores natural habitat for wildlife and water quality at sites across the greater metro area.

If you'd like your K-12 group to research or steward an FMR site near you and create an ongoing learning experience for your school or classroom, please contact to schedule an introductory meeting.

Service-learning projects & volunteer hours

FMR can support independent youth service projects on a case-by-case basis. This opportunity is open to youth in elementary school through college. Please contact with your project idea or request.

View information about how FMR events can apply to volunteer hours for a class or program on our serve the river page

Environmental Stewardship Institute

Learn about Environmental Stewardship Institute opportunities for high schoolers and rising college first-years, including our 8-week summer program and our school-year advisory council.

More about our program

We look forward to working with you! Here's a pdf flyer listing the above opportunities. And if you have any questions, please reach out to

These youth education offerings are part of our larger stewardship and education program. Check out our opportunities for all ages to get involved with FMR.