Friends of the Mississppi River Volunteer Events
September 22 - Collect native prairie seed at Heritage Village Park
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 the Mississippi River. In 2005, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) wrote a natural resource management plan to help guide restoration of the park. Today, the park has over 30 acres of restored, native prairie, as well as areas of floodplain forest along the Mississippi River. FMR will continue to partner with the city of Inver Grove Heights at the site, working to return the site to oak savanna, its historic natural community. Oak savanna is one of Minnesota's most imperiled habitats, occurring one one-tenth of one percent of its historic coverage.
On Saturday, September 22, from 9-11am, volunteers will work alongside FMR staff to collect much-needed native prairie grass seed. This native grass seed will be redistributed throughout the park and neighboring Rock Island Swing Bridge Park. All are welcome however, space is limited. No experience is needed, all tools, gloves and training will be provided. To learn more and register, visit https://fmr.org/events/2018/09/22/collect-native-prairie-seed-heritage-v....
October 6 - Oak woodland brush haul + lunch!
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 a light breakfast and info session, then volunteers will head off to work in small groups with FMR Staff to help restore the oak woodlands by hauling pre-cut brush, primarily buckthorn, before we wrap things up and enjoy a catered lunch provided by 3M.
All are welcome, no experience is needed. We'll provide the tools, gloves and training, however, registration is required. Please note, this event typically fills fast, a early response is recommended. To learn more and register, visit https://fmr.org/events/2018/10/06/oak-woodland-brush-haul-lunch.
October 27 Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area brush haul + celebration
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, 9 a.m.-noon.
Working with FMR and Great River Greening ecologists and staff, volunteers will help protect these native plant communities by removing invasive species, primarily— helping to stack pre-cut buckthorn brush, —and assisting with other restoration tasks as needed. Everyone will be encouraged to work at their own comfort level and no previous experience is necessary. All tools and supplies will be provided, —including coffee, morning snacks and a hot lunch to conclude the event!—
As always, all are welcome. However, due to the nature of the work on this site volunteers must be 15 years of age or older. Upon registration we will also need the name, address and phone number for each person in your party.
To learn more and register, visit https://fmr.org/events/2018/10/27/pine-bend-bluffs-natural-area-brush-ha...