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Wade into your watershed - monitor stream health in the Rice Creek Watershed District

If you're looking for a rare, in-depth experience contributing to the health of your watershed without having to earn your masters degree, this is the perfect opportunity.

Since 2006, FMR has coordinated the Stream Health Evaluation Program (SHEP), in the Rice Creek Watershed District. Scientists train SHEP volunteers to evaluate stream biological health by sampling benthic macroinvertebrates,— small stream-dwelling bugs,— then studying these samples to assess stream quality. Volunteers contribute roughly 40 hours between August and December.

Cut and bag buckthorn at BF Nelson Park [FULL]

Our work takes place on Dakota homelands. Learn more.


Join us for a morning of buckthorn removal at BF Nelson Park. This park, across the river from Nicollet Island in Minneapolis, offers scenic walkways and views of the Mississippi River that will be much improved after we remove dense buckthorn from the shoreline.


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Buckthorn removal bash with Bassett Creek Volunteers

Please join Bassett Creek Volunteers for the fall buckthorn removal in Bassett's Creek Park! Volunteers will cut, pull and haul buckthorn to make way for native plants, learn about the creek watershed, and celebrate afterwards outdoors at Utepils.

All are welcome. This is a family-friendly event with work suitable for all ages. No experience is needed.

Snacks and beverages provided at the event. All participants will receive a Utepils drink ticket to be used afterwards (tickets can be used for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages).

Plant trees and shrubs at Gores Pool WMA

Gores Pool Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 6,459-acre complex of floodplain forest, marshland and backwater along the Mississippi River and Vermillion River Bottoms in Hastings. The WMA is known for its outstanding biodiversity, and overall constitutes one of the largest expanses of floodplain native plant communities in southeast Minnesota. It is also one of the top four sites in the state for rare forest birds, including cerulean warblers and red-shouldered hawks.


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