River Gorge cleanup canceled. Celebrate the 50th year of Earth Day with your own independent cleanup!

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 18, 2020 (All day)
Your neighborhoods and local parks!
Volunteers pick up trash at last year's Earth Day cleanup

Our annual Earth Day cleanup is a family-friendly event, and a great opportunity to enjoy early spring along the scenic river gorge! While we won't be hosting this year, we hope you'll join us with your own independent cleanups in your neighborhoods and parks.

Taking place just off of West River Parkway, our usual cleanup is an Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge. People come from throughout the local river corridor, neighborhoods and metro area – individuals, families, small church, corporate, student and scout groups – to celebrate Earth Day and contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River. We've returned to this site year after year and have noticed a dramatic improvement to the area thanks to dedicated volunteers like you! 

Unfortunately, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has announced that the citywide Earth Day cleanup has been canceled, following guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means we won't be hosting our usual sites along West River Parkway this April.

Although we're sad that we won't be able to greet the spring in the River Gorge with you at this event, we can still celebrate Earth Day together!

We're encouraging everyone who planned to attend to host your own, independent cleanup for Earth Day instead. We hope that individuals and families will pick up trash in their neighborhood, or in their local parks -- while maintaining a safe distance from others. 

For full details on how to get involved, please contact Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey (sdowney@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x27). Sophie will send out instructions and details for your independent outing, plus information on how to share the good work that you do for Earth Day.

And check this page for updates - we'll let you know as soon as we arrange more details for this unorthodox event!

This event is supported by the local neighborhood group, the Longfellow Community Council, and by Great Lakes Brewing Company. The event is also part of the Gorge Stewards program, which actively engages citizens throughout the Twin Cities in the stewardship of the national treasure that is the Mississippi River Gorge.


Thanks to our Gorge Stewards Program partners and funders: Longfellow Community Council, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Andeavor Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Xcel Energy, and Great Lakes Brewing Company.