Celebrate the 50th year of Earth Day at the River Gorge cleanup!

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Join us along West River Parkway near 36th St or 44th St
Volunteers pick up trash at last year's cleanup

Our annual Earth Day cleanup is a family-friendly event, and a great opportunity to enjoy early spring along the scenic river gorge!

Taking place just off of West River Parkway, this 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. All are welcome! This is a family-friendly event providing an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area. We've returned to this site year after year and have noticed a dramatic improvement to the area thanks to dedicated volunteers like you! 

The event is 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.

Sign me up!

Advanced registration for this event is not required, however, if you have a group of 10-20 people, please contact Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey, sdowney@fmr.org or 651.222.2193x27. For groups of 20+ please contact Erica Chua, echua@minneapolisparks.org or 612.230.6479 to be assigned a location that will better fit your group size.

To participate, simply show up at 9:30 am at either location (E 36th St & West River Parkway or E 44th St & West River Parkway) to sign-in with FMR staff. We'll provide all of the supplies, however, if you have your own gloves feel free to bring them along. Sturdy shoes are strongly suggested as well as dressing in layers for the weather.

Can't make it?

To receive the most up-to-date notices of all of our volunteer opportunities and events, sign up for our twice-monthly e-newsletter, Mississippi Messages. To receive notice of upcoming Gorge Stewards events, contact Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey, sdowney@fmr.org or 651.222.2193 x27.

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.