Pull garlic mustard at the river gorge sand flats [FULL]

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am
River Gorge Sand Flats
Volunteers fill trash bags with garlic mustard at the sand flats

This event has reached maximum capacity. Read below for instructions to sign up for the waitlist, and we will contact you if anyone cancels their spot for this event. Or, see our full event calendar to choose a different volunteer opportunity.


Join us for a morning of invasive species removal at the Minneapolis river gorge sand flats (sometimes called the Longfellow flats), known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Working alongside FMR staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard – an invasive plant encroaching on many areas of the river gorge and outcompeting native plant species.

Although garlic mustard can spread rapidly and take over sites, it's is not only easy to identify but quick to pull by hand. Volunteers will be pleased to see a dramatic difference in ground cover by the end of this event – improving wildlife habitat and making room for native plant species.

As always, we'll provide any necessary tools and training. All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration required.

This event is supported by the local neighborhood group, the Longfellow Community Council, and Longfellow area residents are encouraged to attend. The event is also part of the Gorge Stewards program, which actively engages people throughout the Twin Cities in the stewardship of the national treasure that is the Mississippi River Gorge.

Before you register

The worksite for this event is only accessible by a very long and steep staricase that scales the side of the bluff, a taxing climb. Once on the flats, volunteer swill be working on level terrain.

Ready to register?

While this event is full, you can still sign up for the waitlist. Please 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. We will contact you if a spot opens up.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future volunteer 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 during the pandemic 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 or 2021. 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.

Thanks to our Gorge Stewards Program partners and funders: the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Hennepin County, Longfellow Community Council, Marathon Foundation, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, RBC Wealth Management, Seagate, the US Forest Service and Xcel Energy.