Native Wetland & Green Infrastructure Planting [FULL]

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

This event has reached capacity and registrations are no longer being taken. Please consider:
• Signing up for another FMR event.
• Signing up for the River Gorge Stewards email list with FMR Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator sue rich, srich@fmr.org. River Gorge Stewards events take place in Minneapolis and St. Paul, spanning from roughly St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul. We send 4-8 Gorge Stewards emails a year.
• Signing up for Mississippi Messages to receive a full calendar of all upcoming FMR events twice a month. 

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Join other River Gorge Stewards volunteers and staff from FMR and Saint Paul Parks & Recreation as we install a variety of native plants at lovely Crosby Farm Regional Park.

Near the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, volunteers will work in a raingarden, a runoff-reducing berm and a demonstration prairie. We'll plant what's needed in each — wetland and drought-hardy plants, eensy plugs and saplings — to strengthen and expand the restoration area. Altogether, the native plants, prairie, raingarden and berm serve as "green infrastructure" — helping to prevent erosion, improve soils and filter pollution from runoff stormwater before it can reach the river. Of course, the native plants also provide much-needed urban habitat for native bees, birds and other wildlife.

As always, staff will provide all the guidance, tools, and gloves needed for a productive and fun event. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. (Teens are welcome to participate independently but will need a guardian to sign this online permission form in advance.)

Photos from a similar planting at Crosby last fall are available on FMR's Flickr page.

 

 

Partners: 
Funding provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and REI. Event partners include St. Paul Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service, Mississippi National River & Recreation Area Unit.