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Friends of the Mississippi River

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February 2014

Schedule Your Water Quality Presentation!

February 3, 2014
Free

Experienced FMR staff can come to your St. Paul location and conduct hands-on activities to learn about watersheds, runoff pollution, erosion and sedimentation, river ecosystems, invasive species and other water quality topics! Presentations:
 • Are best suited for groups of 20-40 people, 4th grade and up
 • Range from 50 minutes to 2 hours in length 
• Are age-appropriate and can be customized for your group 
• Can be scheduled year-round If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please…

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March 2014

Schedule Your Water Quality Presentation!

March 3, 2014
Free

Experienced FMR staff can come to your St. Paul location and conduct hands-on activities to learn about watersheds, runoff pollution, erosion and sedimentation, river ecosystems, invasive species and other water quality topics! Presentations:
 • Are best suited for groups of 20-40 people, 4th grade and up
 • Range from 50 minutes to 2 hours in length 
• Are age-appropriate and can be customized for your group 
• Can be scheduled year-round If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please…

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May 2016

FMR’s new documentary about our local national park — at the Riverview Theater!

May 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Riverview Theatre, 3800 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN United States
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$5.00

Join Friends of the Mississippi River and Afton Films for a special screening of the new documentary, Rebirth: The Mississippi's National Park, at the one and only Riverview Theater.  (General admission. Doors at 5 p.m. Film at 5:30 p.m.)This documentary tells the story of how one man’s vision — combined with smart citizen advocacy and effective political leadership — created the Mississippi River's first and only national park right here in the Twin Cities; a river that is thriving with…

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June 2016

Tend native prairie plants at Old Mill Park

June 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A major tributary of the Mississippi River and the inspiration for our Vermillion Stewards program, this river is a rare trophy trout stream, helping residents learn about the watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources.Volunteers would be working with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik and Stewardship Events Coordinator Adam Flett to help remove weeds and assist with other tending tasks to help these young plants make it through summer. The plants also double as a park amenity, serving as…

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August 2016

“Rebirth: The Mississippi’s National Park” on TPT

August 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
MN

Produced for FMR by award-winning local filmmaker John Kaul and narrated by 89.3 The Current’s Steve Seel, this 30-minute documentary tells the story of how one man’s vision — combined with smart citizen advocacy and effective political leadership — created the Mississippi River’s first and only national park right here in the Twin Cities. As we face new challenges like agricultural pollution, development pressure and habitat degradation, this story also reminds us of the powerful, long-term impact citizen-based stewardship and advocacy…

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September 2016

“Rebirth: The Mississippi’s National Park” on TPT

September 4, 2016
MN

Produced for FMR by award-winning local filmmaker John Kaul and narrated by 89.3 The Current’s Steve Seel, this 30-minute documentary tells the story of how one man’s vision — combined with smart citizen advocacy and effective political leadership — created the Mississippi River’s first and only national park right here in the Twin Cities. As we face new challenges like agricultural pollution, development pressure and habitat degradation, this story also reminds us of the powerful, long-term impact citizen-based stewardship and advocacy…

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October 2016

Landscape for the River Workshop: Native Plants, Raingardens, Lawn Care for Water Quality (+ Winter Tips)

October 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Angry Inch Brewing, 20841 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044 United States
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Free

Home lawn and garden practices significantly impact the health of the Mississippi River. In this brief but informative workshop,learn how you can become part of the solution. This workshop takes a how-to approach, suggesting local resources and quickly covering the most relevant information so you can begin taking steps to protect water quality this gardening season. We will discuss:• ways to provide sidewalk traction in winter, possibly eliminating or reducing salt runoff,• what needs to be picked up or cleaned…

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February 2017

Community brush haul + bonfire at newly protected Houlton Farm

February 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Houlton Farm Elk River, MN 55330

Join Friends of the Mississippi River for our first volunteer event taking place at the newly protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area – Houlton Farm – for a community gathering hauling brush, Saturday, February 25.  Volunteers will haul pre-cut buckthorn brush to help clear the site to make way for further restoration efforts. Following the brush haul, lunch will be served around noon. Volunteers are welcome to eat, socialize and keep warm around a bonfire.  All are welcome at this family-friendly gathering, however, advanced…

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April 2017

Hastings Area Earth Day Birding Festival

April 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St Croix Trail S
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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$5 – $15

Celebrate the arrival of spring by learning about our region’'s many bird species. Friends of the Mississippi River is proud to support the Hastings Environmental Protectors, the City of Hastings and Carpenter Nature Center's annual birding festival as part of the Vermillion Stewards program helping residents learn about the watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources. Enjoy the many birds of the Mississippi Flyway at the fourth annual Hastings-area Earth Day Birding Festival. Highlights include such classes as “Introduction to…

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May 2017

Remove garlic mustard at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

May 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area, 111th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 United States
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Free

Located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul, Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area is home to some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River and is a welcome respite from the bustle of the cities.  After a short hike volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove the invasive species garlic mustard. Brought over by European settlers, this former garden plant has no natural controls in our landscape and can easily take over a forest floor, leaving very little ground…

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Pull garlic mustard at the Minneapolis river gorge sand flats

May 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
River Flats, Registrants will receive detailed directions to worksite
Minneapolis, MN 55411 United States

Join Friends of the Mississippi River Tuesday, May 9, from 6 to 8 pm at the sand flats, known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Working alongside Friends of the Mississippi River staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard – an exotic plant invading many areas of the River Gorge out-competing native plant species. This event is open to all. No experience is necessary, all tools and training will be provided. Capacity is limited and registration is required.…

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Tend the demonstration prairie at Ole Olson Park

May 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ole Olson Park, 2325 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411 United States
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Free

Join us Tuesday, May 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m. as we return to Ole Olson Park along the riverfront for a spring tending at this native demonstration prairie garden just off the bike trail. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. They'll also help reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River thanks to their deep root systems which help filter the water.  This event will help further our long-term transformation and commitment at this site…

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June 2017

‘Rebirth: The Mississippi’s National Park’ on TPT-MN!

June 29, 2017

Produced for FMR by award-winning local filmmaker John Kaul and narrated by Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Seel, this 30-minute documentary tells the story of how one man’s vision — combined with smart citizen advocacy and effective political leadership — created the Mississippi River's first and only national park right here in the Twin Cities. This designation, championed at the federal level by Sen. David Durenberger and Rep. Bruce Vento, sparked the local river renaissance we enjoy today — a river that is…

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July 2017

Tend the native bluff prairie at Indian Mounds Park

July 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55106 United States
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Indian Mounds Park is home to one of the most photographed river views in the metro area. The iconic overlook is also home to a restoration project providing much-needed habitat and biodiversity while protecting the bluff, the views and local water quality. FMR volunteers — students from nearby Harding High Earth Club, community members (including Friends of Mounds Park) and individuals and families from throughout the metro area — have been restoring the native bluff prairie on historic Indian Mounds Park's overlook…

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Stencil downtown St. Paul storm drains + taproom outing at Tin Whiskers Brewing

July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

After a brief introduction and presentation about runoff pollution at the brewery from FMR staff, we'll head out to the nearby downtown streets to stencil storm drains. Equipped with spray paint, a stencil and safety materials, we'll head out in small groups to write "Keep 'em Clean, Drains to River" next to area storm drains. Volunteers also distribute educational door hangers to nearby homes and businesses, making a visual connection between the newly stenciled drains and local water quality, and what actions they can take…

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Pull invasive species at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

July 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area, 111th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 United States
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Join us as we return to protect Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area (SNA), an award-winning restoration site known for some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River. Working with FMR Land Conservation Director Tom Lewanski and FMR staff, volunteers will remove spotted knapweed and hoary allysum, two invasive species encroaching on the native prairie. Additional tending and restoration activities may take place as well. Minnesota's native bees and local wildlife depend on this rare habitat. Plus,…

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“Rebirth: The Mississippi National Park” on TPT-MN!

July 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Produced for FMR by award-winning local filmmaker John Kaul and narrated by Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Seel, this 30-minute documentary tells the story of how one man’s vision — combined with smart citizen advocacy and effective political leadership — created the Mississippi River's first and only national park right here in the Twin Cities. This designation, championed at the federal level by Sen. David Durenberger and Rep. Bruce Vento, sparked the local river renaissance we enjoy today — a river that is…

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August 2017

Pollinator patch tending at Camel’s Hump Park

August 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Camel’s Hump Park, 7600 Burr Oak Cove S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 United States
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Camel's Hump Park and Open Space, located in Cottage Grove, is home to beautiful river views overlooking Highway 61. Join us for this summer worknight in the park as we return to this stunning site to tend to previously planted pollinator patch gardens. These patches provide much-needed concentrated habitat and resources for local birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators as well as help beautify this park. All are welcome, but capacity is limited and registration is required. As always, all…

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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
Ole Olson Park, 2325 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411 United States
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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…

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September 2017

Northside walk to the river

September 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Folwell Recreation Center, 1615 N Dowling Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55412 United States
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Calling all Northsiders! Join your neighbors, elected officials, city and park board staff, and FMR to walk and talk about the future of Dowling between the Mighty Mississippi and Lyndale Avenue North in Minneapolis. This Dowling Avenue path to the river is currently the only direct route to the Upper Harbor Terminal, soon to be redeveloped to potentially feature a riverfront concert venue, new bike trails, and more. For a year and a half, FMR has been collecting residents' concerns and ideas to improve this connection to…

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Northside walk to the river

September 21, 2017 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 pm
Folwell Recreation Center, 1615 N Dowling Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55412 United States
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Calling all Northsiders!  Join your neighbors, elected officials, city and park board staff, and FMR to walk and talk about the future of Dowling between the Mighty Mississippi and Lyndale Avenue North in North Minneapolis. This Dowling Avenue path to the river is currently the only direct route to the Upper Harbor Terminal, soon to be redeveloped to potentially feature a riverfront concert venue, new bike trails, and more. More details to come. But, for now, please register below and begin to invite your friends and…

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Collect native prairie seed at the Sand Coulee SNA

September 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sand Coulee SNA, Glacier Way
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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After a brief training on the importance of seed collecting and identification, volunteers will help hand collect much-needed native prairie seed while enjoying this rare example of a sand-gravel prairie in full fall bloom. Volunteers will work with FMR Lead Ecologist Karen Schik in the natural area most recently added to the Sand Coulee Scientific & Natural Area. Seed will be used for further habitat restoration. This is especially important as the Sand Coulee provides a home to 13 rare…

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October 2017

River island cleanup + lunch!

October 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Spring Lake Park, 8500 127th St E
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River and Hastings Environmental Protectors for a unique island cleanup. Spring Lake Park stretches around the bend of the Mississippi River. After meeting in the Dakota County park, where FMR has been restoring habitat for over 10 years, volunteers will be shuttled to the nearby islands by boat to pick up trash. As always, all are welcome and encouraged to work at their own comfort level. Due to wet island conditions, waterproof knee or muck boots are…

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Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area brush haul+celebration

October 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area, 111th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 United States
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River, Flint Hills Resources and Great River Greening as we return to the Flint Hills property within the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River —— one of the largest and most diverse native ecosystems left in the metro area. The site is only accessible to the public for special occasions such as this annual restoration and celebration event on Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.-noon. Working with FMR and Great River Greening ecologists and staff, volunteers…

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H2O + Hops: The health of the Vermillion

October 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Angry Inch Brewing, 20841 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044 United States
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Local experts from the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization will spend the first portion of the evening highlighting the most important trends and emerging issues facing the nearby subwatershed, as well as potential solutions. The presentation will primarily focus in on two main concerns, water volume and sediment issues in the Vermillion. Next, hear from FMR's Stewardship Program Manager Adam Flett on actions you can take to make your home, lawn and community more water friendly. Following the presentation,…

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March 2018

Think nationally, plan locally: How to get involved with Mississippi River planning

March 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 522 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418 United States
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Note: This workshop is also being held in St. Paul on March 13. Join FMR staff for an engaging and informative workshop about city planning for our national park on the Mississippi River, and how you can help. New state rules require each of the 25 cities and townships along the river within the national park boundary (from Dayton and Ramsey to Hastings) to update their local river corridor plans by the end of 2018. It is important for community members…

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May 2018

Take part in the first invasive species removal at Hampton Woods

May 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hampton Woods Hampton, MN United States + Google Map

Hampton Woods is the largest contiguous oak forest in Dakota County, providing critical habitat for forest-dwelling animals, especially birds. This site is especially important since much of the surrounding area is farmland. Thanks to an FMR partnership with Dakota County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and local landowners, 191 acres of Hampton Woods is permanently protected as a Wildlife Management Area. Come be part of the first volunteer event at this impressive site. Volunteers are needed to assist with hand-pulling invasive species from the…

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Help remove invasive species at the recently protected Houlton Farm

May 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff and volunteers for a lovely spring morning removing garlic mustard from the recently protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area (a.k.a. Houlton Farm) on Saturday, May 5, from 9-11am.  FMR staff and ecologists will provide a brief introduction to the site and an overview on how to identify and pull the invasive plants we'll be targeting. By removing these species we will be making way for important native plants that have been crowded out…

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Pledge to pull garlic mustard at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area, 111th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 United States
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Located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul, Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is home to some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River and is a welcome respite from the bustle of the cities.  After a short hike volunteers will work closely with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff to remove the invasive species garlic mustard. Volunteers should be able to see a big difference in just a couple hours of work. Removal of this invasive species…

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Pull garlic mustard at the Sand Flats

May 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) on Tuesday, May 15, from 6-8pm. After a brief introduction and training, we will proceed to the river gorge sand flats, known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Working alongside FMR staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard – an exotic plant invading many areas of the River Gorge out-competing native plant species. Although a serious threat, garlic mustard is not only easy to identify but quick to pull by hand.…

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Remove invasive species at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

May 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is one of those places you can hardly believe is in a metro area. Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. Join Friends of the Mississippi (FMR) at this special park on May 24, from 6-8pm. After a brief training and introduction, volunteers will work to remove Narrowleaf Bittercress, an invasive species spreading at an alarming rate along the floodplain forest of the Mississippi…

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Tend the demonstration prairie at Ole Olson Park

May 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ole Olson Park, 2325 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411 United States
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) as we return to this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly, and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they'll help reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River. This event will help further our long-term transformation and commitment at this site and…

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June 2018

Plant shrubs, grasses and wildflowers at the Vermillion AMA

June 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) for a spring planting in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River on June 2, from 9-11:30 am. The Vermillion River is a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River. Volunteers will be working in an Aquatic Management Area (AMA),  a special form of land protection meant to preserve shoreline property. We'll be planting native shrubs, grasses and wildflowers to improve biodiversity at…

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Native Prairie Planting at Cherokee Park

June 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cherokee Regional Park, 700 Cherokee Heights Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55107 United States
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff and volunteers for our first public restoration event at Cherokee Regional Park – one of St. Paul's most visited parks. On June 9th, we will begin work needed to restore this historically oak savanna and maple-basswood forested bluff-top park by planting a mix of native prairie plants. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they'll…

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Remove buckthorn near the Vermillion River’s South Creek

June 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South Creek Lakeville, MN 55044 United States + Google Map

Located in Farmington, South Creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River. On June 12, from 6-8pm, volunteers will work closely with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff to remove buckthorn and other invading trees and shrubs or to haul brush to its pick-up spot. Buckthorn is extremely hardy and able to thrive in a variety of soil and light conditions. It outcompetes…

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Tend the demonstration pollinator garden at Camel’s Hump Park

June 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Camel’s Hump Park, 7600 Burr Oak Cove S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 United States
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Camel's Hump Park and Open Space, located in Cottage Grove, is home to beautiful river views overlooking Highway 61. Join us for this summer worknight in the park as we return to this stunning site to tend to previously planted pollinator patch gardens. These patches provide much-needed concentrated habitat and resources for local birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators as well as help beautify this park. All are welcome, but capacity is limited and registration is required. As always, all…

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Tend the native bluff prairie at Indian Mounds Park

June 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55106 United States
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Indian Mounds Park is home to one of the most photographed river views in the metro area. The iconic overlook is also home to a restoration project providing much-needed habitat and biodiversity while protecting the bluff, the views and local water quality. Volunteers are now needed to lend a hand working with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) and Saint Paul Parks & Recreation staff to tend to native prairie plants. By removing invasive species and assisting with other tending…

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Nicollet Island restoration kickoff information session

June 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
DeLaSalle High School, 1 De La Salle Dr
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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After over a year of planning, Friends of the Mississippi River is beginning habitat restoration on Nicollet Island. This multi-year restoration will include removal of invasive species, enhancement of degraded forest areas, and the creation of new, diverse habitat.   FMR will be hosting a kickoff informational session at DeLaSalle High School from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on June 25th, where attendees can learn more about what to expect during the restoration process, how they can get involved and more. All are…

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‘Make and Take’ Rain Barrel Workshop

June 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$35

What's one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our watershed? Using a rain barrel. The biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff —water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying contaminants into our lakes, rivers and streams. For conservation and for pollution prevention, installing a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater for use on your lawn and gardens is a simple but powerful way to make a…

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Tend the rare prairie at Sand Coulee SNA

June 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hastings Sand Coulee Scientific and Natural Area, Glacier Way
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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With its tall grass and wildflowers, the Sand Coulee offers a different kind of beauty, and 14 rare plant and animal species call the Coulee home. With its deep prairie root systems, the Coulee also help filter pollutants from runoff water before it can enter the nearby Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers. On June 28th from 6-8pm, volunteers will work with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) to identify and help halt the spread of encroaching plants deemed by the Department…

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August 2018

Lop buckthorn and honeysuckle at the newly protected River Heights Park

August 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
River Heights Park, Register to receive detailed directions
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 United States
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 6-8pm at the recently saved River Heights Park to begin restoration work. Thanks to dozens of community members, the Inver Grove Heights city council unanimously voted to save River Heights Park in May of 2018. In addition to providing a natural area valued by residents, River Heights Park is part of our local national park, the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, as well as the Mississippi River…

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Summer work night at Ole Olson Park

August 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MN United States + Google Map

Ole Olson Park in north Minneapolis is known for its top-notch walking and biking trails and stunning skyline views, but we want it to be recognized for even more. Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) on August 28, from 6-8pm as we return to this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail. This summer work night will help further our long-term transformation and commitment at this site and to the river. Although…

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Lop sumac at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

August 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is a sight to see. Help us further our restoration efforts at this special site! After a brief orientation, volunteers will work with Friends of the Mississippi River ecologists to help remove sumac, a shrubby tree that would otherwise overtake this vital habitat. Other tending or restoration tasks may also be needed at this very important site.…

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September 2018

Lop fruiting buckthorn along the river gorge

September 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mississippi River Gorge, E 36th St & W. River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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A surprisingly beautiful and rare oak savanna and woodlands can be found just off the main trail along the Minneapolis side of the river gorge. Come join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) on September 6, from 6-8pm, to help restore and protect the woodlands just north of the oak savanna by lopping fruiting branches of female buckthorn to stop another year's worth of seed from dropping and spreading. The rapidly spreading shrub is able to invade many different forest…

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Help restore Farmington’s Rambling River Park

September 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Rambling River Park is a beautiful 76-acre park located in Farmington bordered on the south and east by the Vermillion River. The Vermillion River is a unique resource that provides vital wildlife habitat, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities such as kayaking and trout fishing. The Vermillion is also a major Mississippi River tributary and directly feeds drinking water wells in Hastings. On September 13, from 6-8 pm, volunteers will work closely with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff and…

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Floodplain forest planting along Vermillion River’s South Creek

September 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South Creek Lakeville, MN 55044 United States + Google Map

Located in Farmington, South Creek helps feed the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River. Earlier this summer, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) volunteers removed invading buckthorn, making space for native plants to thrive. On Tuesday, September 25 from 6-8pm, volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to plant native plugs and distribute seeds along this floodplain forest. These plants will further restoration progress, increasing…

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October 2018

Oak woodland brush haul + lunch!

October 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3M Cottage Grove Natural Area Cottage Grove, MN 55016 United States + Google Map

Thanks to the support of local volunteers and a long-term partnership with 3M, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) has had the privilege of helping to preserve and restore the oak woodlands at 3M's Cottage Grove facility near the Mississippi River. Former invasive species thickets are now home to wildflowers and wildlife, helping to connect adjacent natural areas and form part of a green corridor in southern Washington County. On October 6, from 9am-12pm, we will start the morning with…

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Fall brush haul at Ravine Park + lunch!

October 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, 9940 Point Douglas Rd
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 United States
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In addition to being beautiful, Ravine Park's dramatic natural features play an important role in water quality, helping to filter pollution from post-rainstorm runoff that would otherwise enter the Mississippi River. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 20 from 9am - 12pm to help Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) haul out pre-cut brush, primarily buckthorn, to make way for native plants that originally called this park home. No experience is needed, however, registration is required. All tools, gloves and…

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H2O + Hops: Habitat restoration, water quality, and you!

October 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Spiral Brewery, 111 2nd Ave E
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join us for an evening of H2O and hops at Hastings' newest watering hole, Spiral Brewery! Local experts from Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) and Hastings Environmental Protectors (HEP) will highlight important trends and emerging issues facing the Vermillion Watershed. Learn about local efforts to improve water quality and increase habitat restoration and biodiversity – plus actions you can take in your home and yard to help do your part. Following the presentation, we'll have an informal Q &…

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Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area brush haul + celebration

October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area, 111th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 United States

Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), Flint Hills Resources and Great River Greening as we return to the Flint Hills property within the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area along the Mississippi River —— one of the largest and most diverse native ecosystems left in the metro area! The site is only accessible to the public for special occasions like this annual restoration and celebration event. Join us for a chance to see it for yourself on Saturday, October 27,…

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November 2018

Shrub planting along the banks of South Creek

November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
South Creek Lakeville, MN 55044 United States + Google Map

Enjoy a crisp fall morning on the banks of South Creek, a Vermillion River tributary, in Farmington! Volunteers are needed on November 10, from 9 - 11 am to assist Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) and the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization with a unique planting project using live stakes, helping to fight against invasive species and create habitat for native pollinators and birds. Additionally, volunteers may be asked to help with other restoration tasks. All are welcome,…

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April 2019

Join us at the annual Minneapolis Earth Day cleanup

April 20 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mississippi River Gorge, E 36th St & W. River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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Taking place just off of West River Parkway, this family-friendly cleanup is an Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge. We've returned to this site year after year and have noticed a dramatic improvement to the area thanks to dedicated volunteers like you! To participate, simply show up at either  E 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway to sign-in with FMR staff. We'll provide all of the supplies, however, if you…

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May 2019

Pledge to pull garlic mustard and knapweed at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area, 111th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 United States
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Located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul, Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area is home to some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River and is a welcome respite from the bustle of the cities. After a short but steep hike, volunteers will work closely with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff to remove invasive species on May 1, 2019, from 6-8 pm. We'll be focusing our efforts handpulling garlic mustard and spotted knapweed in this…

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Help pull weedy invasive plants at Riverside Park’s first volunteer event

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riverside Park, 1725 Kilian Boulevard Southeast
St. Cloud, 56301
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) on Thursday, May 9 from 6-8 pm for a volunteer work night at St. Paul Park's Riverside Park. This site provides much-needed habitat and resources for local critters of all kinds, and serves as an oasis along the Mississippi River flyway for migratory birds. Alongside FMR staff, volunteers will focus on clearing out pesky weedy invasive plants, primarily narrowleaf bittercress, and garlic mustard. These plants spread quickly and infest the forest floor, outcompeting…

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Help restore the recently protected William H. Houlton Conservation

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
William H. Houlton Conservation Area, Register to received detailed directions
Elk River, MN 55330 United States
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff and volunteers for a lovely spring evening on May 15, from 6-8 pm, furthering restoration work at the recently protected William H. Houlton Conservation Area (a.k.a. Houlton Farm). FMR staff and ecologists will provide a brief introduction to the site and an overview of how to identify and pull the weedy invasive plants we'll be targeting. By removing these species we will be making way for important native plants that have been…

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Plant shrubs at Heritage Village Park

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Heritage Village Park Inver Grove Heights., United States + Google Map

Located just 15 minutes south of downtown St. Paul in Inver Grove Heights, Heritage Village Park is a 50-acre site along the banks of Mississippi River. In 2005, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) wrote a natural resource management plan to help guide restoration of this former rail yard. Today, the park has over 30 acres of restored, native prairie, as well as areas of floodplain forest along the Mississippi River. Join us for a morning of planting on Saturday,…

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Pull garlic mustard at the river gorge sand flats

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
36th and West River Parkway, 36th and West River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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Join us for an evening of invasive species removal at the Minneapolis river gorge sand flats, known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view, on May 21, from 6-8 pm. Working alongside Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard – an exotic plant invading many areas of the river gorge and outcompeting native plant species. Although a serious threat, garlic mustard is not only easy to identify but quick to pull by hand.…

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Garlic mustard removal at the Vermillion AMA

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, May 23 from 6-8 pm for an evening garlic mustard pull in the oak woodlands bordering the Vermillion River, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River. After a brief introduction and training, volunteers will help protect important members of the native plant community by removing the extremely invasive plant garlic mustard. Although a serious threat, garlic mustard is not only easy to identify but quick…

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June 2019

Enjoy the view and tend the native prairie at Ole Olson Park

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ole Olson Park, 2325 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411 United States
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) on June 4 from 6-8 pm as we return to this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they'll help reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River. This event will help further our long-term transformation…

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Tend the demonstration prairie at Crosby Farm Park

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Crosby Farm Park Saint Paul, MN 55116 United States + Google Map

Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) on June 6 from 6-8 pm to help tend the volunteer-planted demonstration interpretive native prairie at Crosby Farm Regional Park! Crosby Farm Park is a natural oasis in the heart of the city, nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The three-acre demonstration prairie where we will be focusing our work includes upward of 1,000 native prairie plants and a variety of species markers to educate and inform visitors. Volunteers…

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Demonstration prairie planting at Nicollet Island

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Nicollet Island, Register to receive detailed directions
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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Working together on Nicollet Island, on June 11 from 6-8 pm, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff and volunteers will dig in and plant over 600 native prairie plants! These prairie plugs will be planted in two 150-square-foot raised bed gardens along the newly installed pedestrian trail. Following this planting, identification plaques will be added to the garden allowing park visitors the chance to learn more about the stunning array of species coming up throughout the restored prairie. All…

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Improve pollinator habitat at Camel’s Hump Park

June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Camel’s Hump Park, 7600 Burr Oak Cove S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016 United States
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Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) on June 13 from 6-8 pm for this summer worknight at Camel's Hump Park and Open Space. We will return to this stunning site with expansive blufftop views of the Mississippi River Valley to tend to previously planted pollinator patch gardens. These patches are especially important as they provide much-needed concentrated habitat and resources for local birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, as well as help beautify this park. All are welcome, but…

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Native bluff prairie tending at Indian Mounds Park

June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55106 United States
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Indian Mounds Park is home to one of the most photographed river views in the metro area. The iconic overlook is also home to a restoration project providing habitat and biodiversity while protecting the bluff, the views and local water quality. Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) volunteers have been restoring the native bluff prairie on historic Indian Mounds Park's overlook since 2011. Volunteers are now needed to lend a hand on June 18, 2019, from 6-8 pm. By removing…

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