Earth Day in the City: Minneapolis Watershed Cleanup

Submitted by srich on Tue, Jan 12 - 3:06 PM

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 Watershed.

Well meet at two sites. 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 volunteers.

You'll see a small tent and signage near the bike and walking trails. Youll sign in, receive gloves (required), trash bags, beverages and directions. Both sites also feature ongoing educational presentations, and you can learn more about the Gorge Stewards program and additional upcoming FMR volunteer and educational events. 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] 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. To coordinate an Earth Day site for your group, contact Arik Rudolph at 612-230-6484 or

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.


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.