Saturday, April 21, 2012 — 9:30 am-Noon
E. 36th St. & E. 44th St. at W. River Pkwy, Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis
Helping to clean up the oak savanna and maple basswood restoration sites is a Gorge Stewards Earth Day tradition. Join us!
Photos: Jeremy Aaron
This cleanup is an Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge.
People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area — through churches, corporations and classes
— to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River
We’ll meet at two sites. Both are at the bluff top, along the parkway (if there are high waters again this year, this will not affect the majority of the cleanup area). Pick whichever meeting spot works better for you:
• East 36th Street and West River Parkway, an oak savanna actively being restored by FMR
Gorge Stewards volunteers.
• East 44th Street and West River Parkway,
a maple basswood forest also benefiting from Gorge Stewards restoration
You'll see a small tent and signage near the bike and walking trails.
(Please note that the start-time is 9:30 a.m.) You’ll sign in, and receive trash bags, beverages
If possible, please bring your own gloves. A limited quantity will be provided, it would help us conserve limited resources (and the gloves we can provide are often ill-fitting).
Both sites also feature ongoing educational presentations, usually involving a National Park Service ranger and other high-quality presenters. Details will be added as soon as they are confirmed. Information will also be available about the Mississippi River Gorge Stewards program and additional upcoming FMR
volunteer and educational events at these and other restoration sites.
Pizza will be provided for volunteers at the end of the cleanup by the Longfellow neighborhood's own Parkway Pizza!
We hope to see you there!
Pre-registration is not required for this event. However,
if you are with a group of 10 or more, please e-mail srich[at]fmr.org
to help ensure adequate supplies and to help make the registration
process easier for your group. Groups of 20 or more should also consider setting up a cleanup site just for their members. It's quick and easy, and helps ensure that cleanup efforts are better distributed throughout the city. To coordinate an Earth Day site for your group, contact Michelle Kellogg at 612-313-7778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This cleanup is part of the Gorge Stewards, an
educational and volunteer program led by Friends of the Mississippi
River that provides opportunities for people who care about the Twin
Cities River Gorge to actively engage in its care. Learn more!
*Did you know the River Gorge is part of a National Park? In fact, all
Gorge Stewards volunteers are considered National Park Service
volunteers as well.
* Photos from the chilliy River Gorge Earth Day Cleanups are available here on our Flickr site.
Want a cleanup site closer to home?
This event is part of a citywide cleanup, with many different cleanup sites and exhibits, and is sponsored by the
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis.
You can also support the Earth Day Clean Up by participating in the 5K Recycle Run the following day! Proceeds benefit the Minneapolis park system, and kids run free.
Can't make it but would like to hear about upcoming events?
For a twice-monthly email with information on all volunteer and educational events as well as important river news and updates — FMR's "Mississippi Messages" — enter your email address in the purple-blue box on the right.
Thank you Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Longfellow Community Council, Patagonia, REI, Seward Co-op SEED Program and the National Park Service!
Please note that unlike most volunteer activities, preregistration is not required for this event; details and directions are above.