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Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area
Alas, we’ve heard that many river-lovers have become afflicted with some high-grade spring fever. As the snow retreats, you're itching to do it all: Get outside and pick up that annoying litter. Install a native garden, rain barrel or permeable pavers -- or all of them! -- in your yard. Learn everything you can about the most important issues facing the river today. Plant trees, learn to identify and remove invasive species for the waters and wildlife we love. And whatever else you can think of this spring!
Many of you river-lovers are eager to infect others as well, pondering ways to involve family, classrooms, fellow parishioners, neighbors and even coworkers in your spring endeavors.
And to this, we not-so-humbly say: Bring it on!
First, the basics. We know you may not have a lot of spare time, so we aim to make the most of it. With FMR events and activities, we take care of supplies, logistics, directions and everything else, so you can focus on learning about and helping the river.
Part of making the most of your time is making sure your contributions have lasting power. At FMR, every activity is part of a broader plan to benefit the Mississippi River and its watershed. All volunteer restoration activities, for example, take place as part of a larger ecological management and conservation plan, so you’re not only helping to restore the special place you’re working in, but also contributing to long-term, interconnected efforts to expand and improve green space, wildlife habitat and water quality in the Mississippi watershed.
We stretch your time further through partnerships, with your contributions benefitting many organizations at once. Every FMR activity is part of a program with one or, often several, essential partners -- city park departments or commissions, state and federal agencies, watershed districts, private landowners, other nonprofits, and community institutions. Thus when you volunteer at, say Pine Bend Scientific & Natural Area, you’re not only volunteering for FMR, but also the MN Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service.
Finally, while we recognize the privilege of working with thousands of people a year, FMR event staff prioritizes individuals’ experiences. We go beyond providing supplies and directions, and pride ourselves on quality communications (comprehensive but never excessive) and, well, the ability to speak English -- not just expert- or jargon-speak.
We also strive to offer programming that meets differing needs. As a result, we have over a hundred public and group events each year, varying in size, location, activity and commitment level. Of course, with all of these offerings, it can be hard to figure out the best fit for you and yours, which is where this guide comes in.