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Burn, baby, burn...but only when we say so!

An April prescribed burn rolls through a blufftop prairie at the Flint Hills Pind Bend Bluffs property.

A prescribed burn rolls through a blufftop prairie at the Flint Hills Pind Bend Bluffs restoration site. (Photo by Karen Schik.)

Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes those familiar signs of life: plants begin to green, flowers bloom, migrating birds return, and fires burn through the prairies at FMR restoration sites!

Learn more about how we use fire to restore wildlife habitat, and the impact of a recent unplanned fire on an FMR restoration site. >>

May 7

Pull garlic mustard at Hampton Woods

Hampton Woods is the largest continuous oak forest in southern Dakota County, providing critical habitat for forest-dwelling animals, especially birds. This site is especially important because much of the surrounding area is farmland.

Thanks to an FMR partnership with Dakota County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and local landowners, 191 acres of Hampton Woods are permanently protected as a Wildlife Management Area. We're returning to the site for the first volunteer work night there since 2019. Register to be a part of the restoration of this impressive site!

Location

Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area Hampton Township , MN
United States
Minnesota US

Planting + tending at the William H. Houlton Conservation Area

Our work takes place on Indigenous land. Learn more.

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Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff and volunteers for a morning furthering restoration work at the William H. Houlton Conservation Area (or Houlton Farm). The William H. Houlton Conservation Area is a 335-acre property located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk rivers and is one of the largest undeveloped riverfront properties between Elk River and Hastings.

Location

William H. Houlton Conservation Area Elk River , MN
United States
Minnesota US

Pledge to pull garlic mustard at Crosby Farm Park [FULL]

Our work takes place on Dakota homelands. Learn more.

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A natural oasis in the heart of the city, Crosby Farm Regional Park is nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Enjoy the beauty of early spring at this riverside park while helping protect native plants beneficial to our local wildlife and waters with this annual tradition.

Location

Crosby Farm Regional Park St. Paul , MN
United States
Minnesota US

Claim your day: FMR is scheduling summer group outings

Students stencil storm drains in St. Paul neighborhoods

A group of students from Neighborhood House summer programs stencil storm drains in a St. Paul neighborhood.

If you're looking for a service outing that's educational, active, outdoors and provides a tangible community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling in St. Paul with FMR. 

Reservations for outings, as well as classroom presentations and litter cleanups, are now being taken for summer and fall 2018. >>

February 6

Shovels in the ground for three new river destinations

Illustration of Halls Island to-be

Illustration of Halls Island to-be

Three new destinations are beginning to take shape along the river north of St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, each with something different to offer. Coming up: a reclaimed island (image above), a destination riverfront restaurant, and one fully featured playground.  >>

November 16

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