Woodland planting on Nicollet Island

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Nicollet Island
Volunteers of all ages have helped to restore the forest on Nicollet Island. Here, two plant a tree together.

Join us for an evening of planting climate-adapted shrubs and trees in the woodlands on Nicollet Island. FMR is leading a multi-year restoration of the natural areas on the north half of Nicollet Island in partnership with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. The restoration plan includes removal of invasive species, enhancement of degraded forest areas, and the creation of new, diverse habitat, including two acres of native prairie and the re-creation of a pocket of maple forest historically present on the island.

Together with the guidance of FMR staff, volunteers will dig in to plant shrubs and trees to increase diversity in the forest. These climate-adapted species will help maintain a healthy, diverse ecosystem as the climate warms and the makeup of Minnesota forests change. 

All are welcome. No experience is needed however, registration is required and capacity is limited. All tools, gloves and training will be provided.

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 Above the Falls 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. You can read more about our policies here.

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.

Read more about the Nicollet Island restoration plans!

Partners: 
Thank you to our partners and funders: BNSF Foundation, Coca-Cola, Friends of the Riverfront, Hennepin County Healthy Trees Grant, Hennepin County Good Stewards Grant, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, RBC Wealth Management, Xcel Energy and generous donors like you!