Haul and stack buckthorn at Vermillion Falls Park

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Vermillion Falls Park
The falls of Vermillion Falls Park!

Located in downtown Hastings, Vermillion Falls Park is a favorite stop for waterfall viewing. It is also the central city park along the Vermillion River, flanked by Old Mill Park downstream and Vermillion Linear Park upstream. The Vermillion River is an important Mississippi River tributary and is the only trophy brown trout stream in a metro area in the United States. 

Volunteers will work closely with FMR staff and fellow volunteers to remove and haul buckthorn from this important site. Buckthorn is extremely hardy and able to thrive in a variety of soil and light conditions. It out-competes native plant species that are vital for increased habitat and biodiversity.

No experience is needed and all are welcome! All tools, gloves and training will be provided. Volunteers may also be asked to help with other restoration tasks as needed throughout the worksite.

Ready to register?

To register, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x27, or by selecting Sophie by name under "Category" via the FMR contact form. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

You will receive a confirmation email from sdowney@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your spam 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.

To maintain social distancing, our events are smaller than usual. When this event fills, we will start a waitlist, and if any spots open up volunteers will be added on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future Vermillion Stewards events, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org. Or, visit our Events Calendar for our most up-to-date listing of upcoming events. To receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.

What about COVID-19?

We've modified our events this year to be smaller, and allow for individuals to work while safely six feet apart. All tools will be sanitized between events, and all gloves provided are unused in 2020. Once registered, volunteers will receive a full list of safety precautions and guidelines. 

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

We will offer gloves and hand sanitizer at the event. Volunteers are required to bring and wear their own masks.

Partners: 
Thank you to our partners and funders: Andeavor Foundation, Coca-Cola, Hastings United Way, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Natural Resources and Environmental Trust Fund, RBC Wealth Management and by our generous donors, like you!