Help pull weedy invasive plants at Riverside Park

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Riverside Park, St. Paul Park
Volunteers pull garlic mustard at Riverside Park

Join us for a volunteer work night at St. Paul Park's Riverside Park. Located near the backwaters of the Mississippi River, consisting of 14-acres of oak forest, Riverside Park is a nature study area. Remaining in a natural state provides much-needed habitat and resources for local critters of all kinds, and serves as an oasis along the Mississippi River flyway for migratory birds. 

This is our second year returning to this site with volunteers, and we'll continue the work we started last year of removing invasive species. Alongside FMR staff, volunteers will focus on clearing out pesky weedy invasive plants, primarily narrowleaf bittercress and garlic mustard at our first invasive pull of the 2020 season! These plants spread quickly and infest the forest floor, outcompeting native species and decreasing local biodiversity.

We'll provide the tools and training. All are welcome however, capacity is limited and registration is required.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at, 651-222-2193 x27. 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 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?

What about coronavirus?

We're watching the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines closely. If plans change based on their recommendations, FMR Volunteer Coordinator Sophie Downey will email registrants with event updates. (Be sure to add to your contacts so updates don't land in spam.) And we'll update this page if anything changes.

If this event does proceed as planned, we will not offer masks but will continue to offer gloves and hand sanitizer.

Thank you to our partners and funders: The City of St. Paul Park, 3M Foundation, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, Mississippi Park Connection and National Park Service.