Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of the Mississippi
Volunteer Opportunities - Short Term
Various locations, MN

September 18 • Lop buckthorn and honeysuckle at the newly protected River Heights Park

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 Flyway — an internationally significant migratory corridor used by millions of birds and other wildlife throughout the year.

Volunteers will be working alongside FMR ecologists to help clear out buckthorn and honeysuckle shrubs in the park to improve conditions so native plants can thrive. No experience is needed however, registration is required. All tools, gloves, and training will be provided. Participants should be prepared to work on uneven terrain. Due to the tools and terrain, this event is not suitable for small children.

To learn more and register, visit https://fmr.org/events/2018/09/18/lop-buckthorn-and-honeysuckle-newly-protected-river-heights-park

 

 

October 13 • Woodland Planting on Nicollet Island

Join us for the first public restoration event on Nicollet Island! After over a year of planning, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) is beginning habitat restoration on Nicollet Island. This will include removal of invasive species, enhancement of degraded forest areas, and the creation of new, diverse habitat, including two acres of native prairie and the re-creation of a pocket of maple forest historically present on the island.

On Saturday, October 13th, from 9-11 a.m. volunteers will dig in and begin planting shrubs and trees to increase diversity to the forest. All are welcome. No experience is needed however, registration is required and capacity is limited. All tools, gloves, and training will be provided.

 

To learn more and register, visit https://fmr.org/events/2018/10/13/woodland-planting-nicollet-island

 

 

October 20 • Fall brush removal at Ravine Park + lunch!

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 9 am - 12 pm 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 training will be provided. Participants should be prepared to work on uneven terrain. Entry to the park, normally $5, is free for participating volunteers! Concluding our hauling efforts, FMR will also provide lunch.

To learn more and register, visit https://fmr.org/events/2018/10/20/fall-brush-removal-ravine-park-lunch