Plant native shrubs, wildflowers and grasses in the river gorge

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Location: 
Mississippi River Gorge along West River Parkway
Volunteers at a previous gorge planting

Join FMR staff and volunteers working along the beautiful Mississippi River on the Minneapolis side of the river gorge. This event will take place off of West River Parkway at 44th St, an area where we've removed invasive shrubs and are restoring native habitat for wildlife and water quality.

We'll spend the morning planting native shrubs, wildflowers, grasses and sedges. These plants will help stabilize the slope, add biodiversity to the area, and provide habitat for wildlife.

All are welcome and no experience is needed. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Volunteers may also be asked to help with other restoration tasks as needed throughout the worksite.

The event is part of the Gorge Stewards program, which actively engages residents of the Twin Cities in the stewardship of the national treasure that is the Mississippi River Gorge.

Accessibility

We will be working off-trail on a steep slope and uneven terrain. This is a higher intensity activity, due to our heavier tools and rough terrain.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey at sdowney@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x27. Please include the name of the event, your name, address, phone number and the number in your party. Due to our smaller event sizes, we ask that you limit groups to 4 or fewer.

You will receive a confirmation email from sdowney@fmr.org 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?

To receive notices of future Gorge 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?

While we currently are not requiring masks at outdoor events, we are encouraging social distancing while we work. 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.

Partners: 
Thanks to our Gorge Stewards Program partners and funders: 3M Foundation, Hennepin County, Longfellow Community Council, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, RBC Wealth Management, Seagate, Xcel Energy and our generous donors, like you!