Enjoy the view and tend the prairie at Ole Olson Park [FULL]

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ole Olson Park, Above the Falls Regional Park Minneapolis
Volunteers tend the prairie at Ole Olson Park with the river and downtown Minneapolis in the background

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.


Orvin "Ole" Olson Park in North Minneapolis is known for its top-notch walking and biking trails and stunning skyline views, but we want it to be recognized for even more. Join FMR as we return to this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail. These showy flowers and grasses not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they help reduce the amount of run-off and pollution flowing into the Mississippi River. The garden is part of the larger 2-acre prairie restoration completed in 2018.

Although a small urban site, Ole Olson is home to a surprising diversity of landscapes, including riverfront shoreline, woodland terrace and grassland slopes. This event will help further our long-term restoration and commitment at this site and to the river. 

As always, all are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration is required. We'll provide any tools and training needed. This event is part of our Above the Falls Stewards program, engaging North and Northeast Minneapolis residents to protect and restore their riverfront parks.

Before you register

This event takes place directly off of a paved trail. We will be working in the garden 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 Above the Falls 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.

Thank you to our partners and funders: BNSF Foundation, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Fair State Brewing, Hennepin County, Marathon Foundation, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, RBC Wealth Management and Xcel Energy.