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Plant native species and tend the demonstration prairie at Ole Olson Park

August 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us as we head back to Ole Olson Park along the riverfront for a summer evening of planting and tending the native demonstration prairie garden. Located just off the bike trail the demonstration prairie is home to showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. The plants also help reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River thanks to their deep root systems which help filter the water and hold the soil in place. 

Although a small urban site, Ole Olson is home to a surprising diversity of landscapes, including riverfront shoreline, woodland terrace and grassland slopes. Working with the city parks department and relying on local volunteer power, we look forward to transforming the park into a habitat oasis — returning willows to the shoreline, wildflowers to the slopes and oaks to the terraces.

For over a decade, FMR has helped engage community members and advocate for a revitalized North and Northeast Minneapolis riverfront with improved access, habitat and community-positive development. This event is part of FMR’s Above the Falls stewardship program — providing opportunities for education, access and hands-on restoration along the banks of the Mississippi River north of St. Anthony Falls. We are excited to continue to grow this program and engage citizens in the restoration process. 

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive precise directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under “Category”) or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and pre registration required. Registration closes Tuesday, August 29th, or upon reaching capacity.

You will receive a confirmation email with details and directions from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don’t, please check your SPAM folder.) Amy is typically in the office M-Th.

Can’t make it?

To receive notices of future Above the Falls area volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org. Or, to receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.


Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, and funders Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust, Patagonia, RBC Wealth Management, and Xcel Energy.


Friends of the Mississippi River
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Ole Olson Park
2325 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411 United States
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