Pledge to pull garlic mustard at Crosby Farm Park
A natural oasis in the heart of the city, Crosby Farm Regional Park is nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Enjoy the beauty of early spring at this riverside park while helping protect native plants beneficial to our local wildlife and waters at this annual tradition.
Alongside FMR staff, volunteers will be working in an area home to a striking array of spring wildflowers native to Minnesota – Dutchman's breeches, trout lily, and Jack-in-the-pulpit, to name a few. After a brief introduction and training, volunteers will help protect these and other important members of the native plant community by removing the extremely invasive plant garlic mustard, then make the pledge to return to the area to continue this much-needed work.
Although a serious threat, garlic mustard is not only easy to identify but quick to pull by hand, making its removal the perfect restoration activity for volunteers who want to continue to improve wildlife habitat and the health of their watershed after an event, at times most convenient for them during the weeks following this event.
Thanks to continued volunteer efforts throughout the years, we've been able to see slow but steady improvement in the ephemeral patch, and have expanded the volunteer restoration work areas to include the Crosby lakeshore!
All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration is required.
New this year at our volunteer events: invasive species collector's cards! Each card features all the specifics you need to ID a plant in the field plus tips on how to stop invasion. Fits in your pocket. Use it at events or in your own yard (or show it off at parties). Collect all four by signing up for events featuring each invasive. (Bonus: You'll also gain SuperVolunteer status.) Collect the first of the series, garlic mustard, at this event.
About the Pledge
Please note that we ask all registrants at this particular event to sign a Pledge to Pull, promising to remove garlic mustard in this area of Crosby Park in the weeks following this training and evening pull.
All volunteers receive a signed card certifying their participation in the training and granting permission to independently return and perform this volunteer service in this special area, part of the City of St. Paul park system and the Mississippi River National Park.
Volunteers pledge to a total of 8 hours of garlic mustard removal – 2 hours will be completed at the training plus an additional 6 hours coordinated on your own. If you bring someone with you, their hours count towards your pledged time. For example, if you participate in the 2-hour training and removal session, then bring 2 friends, classmates or family members to the site for a 2-hour session, that totals 8 hours of garlic mustard removal time and the completion of your pledge!
Pulling technique, where to pull and additional details will be covered during the training event.
Ready to register?
To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at email@example.com, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address, phone number and the number in your party.
You will receive a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM or Promotions folder.)
If you're under 18 and interested in volunteering without the company of your parent or guardian, please take a moment and have them fill out this brief minor permission form.
Can't make it?
- To receive notices of all FMR events, sign up for our twice-a-month e-newsletter, Mississippi Messages
- To be notified of future events at this particular location, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at email@example.com or by selecting Amy by name under "Category" via the FMR contact form
- Check out additional volunteer opportunities on the FMR calendar.