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Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area
In addition to considering FMR's volunteer and service opportunities, please consider those offered by our event partners who also Serve the River. (If you have more than a few service hours to fulfill, you will likely need to connect with FMR plus at least one or two of the organizations below to complete your service requirements.)
• Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Environmental Services of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation manages the natural areas of Saint Paul.
-- They hold volunteer events in parks and natural areas April-November, and have special projects for volunteers throughout the year. Special projects include assisting in the greenhouse, researching park history or plant management, and helping to plan and promote volunteer events.
-- Opportunities are available during the workday, and occasionally on evenings and Saturdays.
For more information contact Environment@ci.stpaul.mn.us.
• Great River Greening
Great River Greening works to mobilize community volunteers to restore endangered green spaces and native landscapes throughout the metro area.
-- Activities include planting trees and shrubs, removing invasive species such as buckthorn, and collecting and spreading native seeds.
-- Opportunities are available weekdays and weekends, plus in-depth service learning projects on a case-by-case basis.
For more information contact Volunteer Programs Manager Laura Durenberger-Grunow, Volunteer Manager at 651-665-9500 X11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board preserves, protects, maintains, improves and enhances natural resources, parkland and recreational opportunities in Minneapolis for current and future generations.
-- Group service projects are available from April through November for groups of 5-50 volunteers. Most projects take place on weekdays; mornings or early afternoons (limited weekend availability).
For more information, please visit www.minneapolisparks.org or email email@example.com.
• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service
Located in the heart of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, this National Park includes 72 miles of the Mississippi River and adjoining lands from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey south to Hastings.
-- Service contributors are invited to participate in all volunteer opportunities. Volunteer projects vary from habitat restoration to education to office assistance, and may potentially include activities of the service partner or student's design.
-- Most occur April-November during the day although occasional evening opportunities are available. Group opportunities are available weekdays and weekends.
For more information about opportunities within or interning with the National Park Service, contact Kathleen Swenson at 651-293-8424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to arrange a one-time group activity, contact Anna Waugh of the Mississippi River Fund at 651-291-9119 or email@example.com.
• Hastings Parks and Recreation
Offers a variety of volunteer and service opportunities.
-- Groups looking for an independent project and who can commit to two years of service can Adopt a Park.
-- Youth groups who can commit to a three-month program can help increase recycling in the communtiy.
-- Works with Eagle Scouts in need of projects.
-- Holds an annual Arbor Day tree planting in the spring.
For more projects and information, please visit the Hastings parks and recreations department's Volunteer Opportunities page.
• Adopt-a-River, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
The Adopt-a-River program encourages Minnesota volunteers to "adopt" a section of a lake, river, wetland, ditch or ravine to ensure its long-term health through annual cleanups.
-- It is an excellent fit for corporations, condo associations, student groups and others looking for an annual outdoor activity where they can select where and when they work.
-- One-time clean-up events are also posted on the site forthose looking to join an established litter pick-up on a weekend morning or weekday evening.
For more information, and current contact information, please visit the Adopt-a-River Get Involved page.
Additional partner groups with volunteer or service opportunities:
• Three Rivers Park District
• Dakota County Parks Volunteers in Parks Program
• Minnesota Wetland Health Evaluation Program (Annual commitment. Volunteers typically recruited and trained March-May.)
• Historic Fort Snelling (Historical and educational opportunities for individual adults.)