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June 27 Bog BioBlitz III Sax-Zim Box

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Our Third Annual Bog BioBlitz and it will be bigger than ever! Now an all-day event. Go in the field with experts in many areas including birds, spiders, dragonflies, butterflies, wildflowers, orchids and more! Then we'll all meet back at the Welcome Center in the afternoon to share our discoveries. Each expert will give a report on what their group found. The Biodiversity of the Bog continues to amaze us. Join us as we continue to explore this magical place. BYOL (Bring your own Lunch and drinks). Bird trips will be at dawn (meet at Welcome Center at 5am) and other trips will depart at 8am. Please RSVP/Register with your preferred trip by emailing Also include your cell phone number.


Last year, FMR volunteers installed over 5,000 native prairie and woodland plants. These ecological powerhouses filter pollution, reduce erosion and provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. Now we need help getting these young plants through the summer.

Let me know if you can pitch in at one of these 2-hour June prairie and woodland events!

We'll take care of supplies and training, and I'll send directions to the correct meeting spot and other basics. Capacity is limited. We make sure there's just enough work so that everyone's busy, but not so much that we can't take the time to enjoy these special places we're protecting.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

For the River,
FMR Events Registrar Amy Kilgore

p.s. For more detailed descriptions, please see the FMR calendar.

Crosby Park, Th June 4, 6-8 pm
Help tend the newly planted raingarden and 'green infrastructure' at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers in St. Paul.

Ravine Lake, Sa June 13, 9-11 am
Volunteers have done a great job helping the native plants along the shores of Ravine Lake in Cottage Grove. But now this naturalized area needs a good burn, and there's too much deadwood to safely send in the fire crew. Are you up for hauling a little deadwood?

Riverside Park, Tu June 23, 6-8 pm
Join us in Minneapolis' oldest park! Help tend the native grasses, flowers and small shrubs that offer much-needed urban wildlife habitat and reduce erosion in the Mississippi River Gorge.

Mounds Park, Th June 25, 6-8 pm
Join us at St. Paul's iconic bluff-top park! The native prairie plants are coming along nicely; they just need us to take out some burdock and other invasive species trying to crowd them out.

Sand Coulee, Th June 25, 6-8 pm
This Scientific & Natural Area just south of Hastings is home to 14 rare plant and animal species. Volunteers are needed to remove invasives, such as cow vetch and spotted knapweed, encroaching upon the tallgrass prairie.

Thank you program partners and funders
Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization
Winter Wheat Foundation
Edith H. Hahn Animal and Wildlife Preservation Fund of InFaith Community Foundation
Explore Outdoors St. Paul
Laura Jane Musser Fund
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Scientific and Natural Areas
Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Park Service, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Unit
St. Paul Parks and Recreation
West Bank Community Coalition

Questions about one of the above events?
Contact Amy,

Questions about volunteering, or FMR outreach in general?
Contact sue,

Friends of the Mississippi River |

Hello! We are gearing up for the 2015 festival and fair season here in northeastern Minnesota. In years past, several of organizations including 1854 Treaty Authority,Cook and Lake County Invasive Team, Fond du Lac Environmental Department, Grand Portage National Monument, Lake County SWCD, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Master Naturalists, Minnesota Sea Grant, and USDA US forest Service banded together under the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers and Habitattitude banners to help raise awareness about the AIS and how to prevent their spread.

For the sixth summer in a row, Minnesota Sea Grant is coordinating the set-up, staffing, and tear-down of AIS booths at several venues. We would love your help staffing the booth! Please indicate your availability on the Doodles by COB next Tuesday, June 2nd by writing in your name and organization.

2015 Events

Two Harbors Heritage Days (July 9-12):
Participation link

Lake Superior Days (July 17-19):
Participation link

Grand Marais Fisherman's Picnic (July 30-Aug2):
Participation link

St. Louis County Fair (Aug 12- 16): Please note this event overlaps with Carlton County Fair
Participation link

Carlton County Fair (Aug 13-15): Please note this event overlaps with the St. Louis County Fair (Chisholm)
Participation link

Also note, Sea Grant is hosting an free AIS outreach training on next Wednesday, June 3rd from 9AM to 12PM. We will cover the following:

We will cover:
AIS introductions -
species of concern
communicating about preventing the spread of AIS
Email me directly if you wish to attend.

Yours in AIS spread prevention.

Marte Kitson

Marte Kitson
AIS Extension Educator | Sea Grant Program |
31 W. College Street
University of Minnesota Duluth | | 218-726-8305

Calling all folks interested in the great outdoors and stopping the inadvertent spread of terrestrial invasive species. PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks is hosting the 3rd annual PlayCleanGo Day to coincide with National Get Outdoors Day on June 13, 2015. Nine state parks and four Three Rivers Park District regional parks will be participating. From 11am to 3pm, we will have volunteers at each park location to talk with visitors about invasive species that live on land and the steps folks can take to help stop their spread. We'll have boot brushes and kids activities at each station along with information about some of the plant species they might see at the park. For the list of participating parks, see the list at the bottom of this email.

We are looking for two to three volunteers per site. One volunteer will arrive at 10:30 to set up the table and greet the other volunteers. Their shift ends at 3:00. The other two volunteers arrive at 10:50. At the end of the event, they will be responsible for packing up the materials and getting them back to the park office by 3:30.

All supplies will be at the Park ahead of time. So volunteers need bring only themselves, their smiles and their personal belongings. Plan to bring water, lunch, sun screen and bug repellent. Wear comfortable shoes or boots. We'll provide a tote bag, ball cap and poncho for all volunteers.

If you are interested in setting up the table and greeting the other volunteers please go to this doodle poll and select your state park of choice.

If you are interested in arriving a little later and are willing to pack up the materials at the end of the day, go to this doodle poll and select your state park of choice.

The Three Rivers park District will be arranging their own volunteers. But if you are interested in being at one of those sites, let Angela know at

Invite a friend and join us on June 13, 2015. Celebrate the Minnesota outdoors!!
PlayCleanGo Day Event Locations
· BUFFALO RIVER STATE PARK--565 155th Street South, Glyndon, MN
· CARVER PARK RESERVE--7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN
· CASCADE RIVER STATE PARK--3481 West Hwy 61, Lutsen, MN
· ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE--13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN
· GOOSEBERRY FALLS STATE PARK--3206 Hwy 61 East, Two Harbors, MN
· HYLAND PARK RESERVE--10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN
· ITASCA STATE PARK--36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN
· LAKE SHETEK STATE PARK--163 State Park Road, Currie, MN
· MURPHY HANREHAN PARK RESERVE--15501 Murphy Lake Road, Savage MN
· SCENIC STATE PARK--56956 Scenic Hwy 7, Bigfork, MN
· SIBLEY STATE PARK--800 Sibley Park Road Northeast, New London, MN
· WHITEWATER STATE PARK--19041 Minnesota 74, Altura,
· WILLIAM O'BRIEN STATE PARK--16821 O'Brien Trail North, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Wilderness in the City and Dakota County Parks are excited to host a Garlic Mustard Challenge at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Help us free the park of this highly invasive plant.

Attend one of two training sessions, May 12 or May 14, from 6-8pm.

To register or to learn more, contact Meghan at 952-891-7108,

Saint John's Outdoor University Upcoming Events

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Find out about all of the happenings at the Outdoor U here.

Summer Itasca State Park Outdoor Kids Programs

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Outdoor Kids is a naturalist lead program series designed for children.
It is a chance for kids of all ages to explore nature at their leisure and have
fun at Itasca while hanging out at the swimming beach or playground.
Connect with nature in the outdoors. This program series allows kids
to investigate nature through hands-on activities. Many of the programs
focus on life around the lake.

2015 Outdoor kids_ Summer (1).pdf

Itasca State Park Event Day Volunteer Opportunities

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Happy Spring Volunteers!

We hope you have had a great winter! We wanted to share with you upcoming volunteer opportunities and event days at Itasca State Park for 2015.
I have attached some volunteer opportunities as well as the park event days.

Let Connie or I know if you have any questions or if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

Thank you for your help! Sandra

Sandra Lichter, Park Naturalist
Itasca State Park
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 699-7252

Itasca State Park Event Day
Volunteer Opportunities

PlayCleanGo Day! (ongoing display)
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11-3 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center
Stop by PlayCleanGo booth at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center and learn how you
can help prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species and protect our beautiful
Minnesota natural resources. Stop invasive species in your tracks! Visit for as little or as
long as you like. To learn more, go to: .

Volunteers Needed: help with set up, manning booth and visiting with park visitors about
terrestrial invasives, help with take down.

Wet and Wild Mississippi River Day
Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Meet around the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center
Come explore and discover the infant Mississippi River at a variety of information and
activity stations. Learn about wildlife, plants, and people that make the river home.
Many activities for all ages at the family friendly event!
Volunteers Needed: help with various activity stations
Time needed: 11-2 p.m.

Smokey Bear Day at Itasca!
Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center
Smokey Bear along with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire fighters will
be sharing fire facts at Itasca's Smokey Bear Day. At your own pace, learn about
Minnesota's forests and how fire affects the forest, check out fire trucks and equipment,
try getting into a fire shelter, make a variety of forest crafts, and much more. Don't forget
to have your picture taken with Smokey Bear! This family friendly event will have many
activities for all ages!
Volunteers Needed: help with various activity stations
Time needed: 11-2 p.m.

Explore Bow Hunting
Friday, July 31, 2015 from 9:45- 3 p.m.
Rain date: Friday, August 7, 2015 from 9:45-3 p.m.
Meet in the back lot of the Indian Mounds/North Picnic Grounds Parking Area
Volunteers Needed: Lunch help: set up, cook hot dogs, serve lunch, clean up from
lunch. Time needed: 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

7th Annual Itasca's Forests! Day
Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Meet at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center (under the porch at the
Mary Gibbs Center if raining.)
Discover the wonders of Itasca's forests! Join staff from Minnesota DNR Forestry and
Itasca State Park as you learn all about trees! Learn how to identify trees, discover
forest insect pests and disease, explore the care and management of trees, and make
leaf art! Many more stations and activities for all ages during this family friendly event!
Volunteers Needed: help with various activity stations
Time needed: 11-2 p.m.

8th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival: Lantern Lit Hike and Activities
Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center
"Exploring Itasca's Birds" is the theme of this year's lantern lit hike. Guides with lanterns
will lead you down the kerosene lantern-lit trail to meet characters that will share stories
about special birds that call Itasca home during this family-friendly evening hike. Group
hikes will last about 30 minutes, departing every ten minutes from the Jacob V. Brower
Visitor Center. Registration for hikes begins at 6 p.m. The first hike leaves at 6:30 p.m.
and the last hike will begin at 8:10 p.m. Suitable for all ages! Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Other activities will be ongoing, including music and a variety
of children's activities.
Volunteers Needed: help with various activity stations and hike leaders
Time needed: 5:30-8:45 p.m.

Happy Spring Volunteers!

We hope you have had a great winter! We wanted to share with you upcoming volunteer opportunities and event days at Itasca State Park for 2015.
I have attached some volunteer opportunities as well as the park event days.

Let Connie or I know if you have any questions or if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

Thank you for your help! Sandra

Sandra Lichter, Park Naturalist
Itasca State Park
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 699-7252

Itasca State Park Interpretive
Volunteer Opportunities 2015
1. Park Event Days--year round
See attached list.
2. Program prep assistance--year round
Assist naturalists with preparation for programs. Might include making copies,
cutting out items, making props, painting, etc. If interested, contact the park
naturalists to let you know if you are interested. Days can vary as projects arrive.
Naturalists will contact interested volunteers in advance of the programs.
3. Outdoor Kids, volunteer assistant
Assist naturalist corps on educational outdoor kids programs at swim beach. See
attached sheet for dates and topics. Work includes helping children with crafts,
and activities.
4. CCC Honor Roll computer data entry
Update and enter data in Microsoft Access. Update report form layout in
Microsoft Access. Volunteer must be proficient in Microsoft Access. Contact park
naturalists if interested

Tree Inventory Volunteers - City of Hastings

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The Forestry Department will partner with Tree Trust to provide training for the volunteers at their facility which is located at 920 West 10th Street, Hastings, MN 55033. Interested volunteers should contact the City Forester, Paul Mahoney, by email or a phone call. or 651-480-6177

Volunteer to monitor water quality

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Who: Residents of northern St. Louis county and Lake County. People interested in getting involved with their watershed and learning more about water quality.

What: Volunteer to monitor water quality alongside an intern. Receive training and support from SWCD staff.

When: May - September, once a month. Training to take place in April - Early May

Where: Northern St. Louis county and Lake county (Vermilion River, Cloquet River, and Rainy River watersheds)

Lakes: Thomas, Sullivan, Sand, Indian, Little Stone, Bassett, Big Bear, Johnson, Little Johnson, Spring, Gabrielson, West Robinson, Armstrong, Astrid, Winchester, Susan, Ban, Kjostad, Marion

How to sign up: Contact Emily Nelson at Lake County SWCD

We are looking for people in northern St. Louis county and Lake county who are interested in getting involved with their watersheds to volunteer in water quality monitoring. Volunteers will be a part of the MPCA's surface water assessment grant (SWAG) monitoring program, and will work alongside a water quality intern. They will receive training and support from Lake County SWCD staff. They will learn to collect water samples, measure water quality parameters such as pH and conductivity, and assess water clarity. Mileage and the use of a personal boat will be reimbursed.

Monitoring will take place on lakes once per month, May through September. Training will take place in April and early May. If you're interested and would like more information, contact Emily Nelson at or (651)249-5868

Ospreys in the Twin Cities and need for volunteers

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Osprey season has officially begun with the first report of a sighting in the southern suburbs so I am posting my annual plea for new nests or sightings to be reported to the Twin Cities Metro Osprey Watch. We have an informative page on Facebook, have a blog at or you can email us at Last year we had 101 occupied nests in the eight county metro area. There were 89 nests where eggs were laid and
126 chicks survived to fledging age. We are always in need of help monitoring all these nests, so if you are interested in getting involved and watching a nest thru the breeding season, contact us! We are happy to answer questions about ospreys in the Twin Cities Metro area! Thanks.

The Minnesota Wetland Professionals Association is looking for Master Naturalist Volunteers to assist or lead our new mini courses that we are developing in the fields of hydrology, wetland vegetation identification, and soil sampling. We would prefer someone who has WDCP Certification, but it is not required. The fieldtrips will be held simultaneously at a yet to be determined location in Duluth, Mankato and in the Twin Cities Metro Area, preferably in a Wildlife Management Area, Park, or SNA. The courses would be held from 9-11am on a Saturday in the months of May, July, and September. Groups will be limited to 10 people. If there is enough interest we will consider holding another class 2 weeks later. We are considering these basic courses to attract new members and to help current members practice their wetland delineation skills. The skills would include the following:

Hydrology (May):
Pointing out hydrology indicators and features in the chosen area.
Teaching how to flag and GPS a wetland correctly.
Discussion and Q&A session on why hydrology is or is not present.

Vegetation (July):
Focus will be narrowed to wildflowers, grasses, and/or sedges this year. We will pick one when the date gets closer.
Learn how to use several field guides.
Go on a 1/2 hour walk to ID plants.
Lay out a vegetation survey plot and ID all items within the plot.
Practice filling out data form vegetation section.
Move to an upland section and search for flowers and trees to ID.

Soils (September):
Use a soil proble/auger on various wetland, upland, and questionable areas in between.
Look for hydric soils and use a Munsell book to ID soils.
Offer help texturizing and coloring soils both wet and dry samples.
Practice filling out data forms.

The WPA will take care of setting up the date, time, and location of the courses and obtain permission to be in the areas and dig soil samples. The WPA will bring all necessary equipment, but would appreciate if the MNat Volunteers brought additional field guides (for flowers, trees and grasses), shovels, and Munsell books if they have them. At least 1 WPA Board Member will be present at each location to collect fees, assist the instructor and answer questions about the WPA.

If you would like to volunteer please send your contact information including email address to the following people. Please indicate your area of expertise. Since these courses will be credit driven, we will request an attachment stating your qualifications and experience in the area in which you wish to volunteer.

Metro Area:

Alison Hruby

Mankato Area:

Nick McCabe

Duluth Area:

Ethan Harvey

Please specify "Mini Courses" in the Subject Line of the email so they know what this is regarding.

May 30 Request for Volunteers for WaterFest 2015

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Volunteers are being sought to help at WaterFest. There is a link at our website below to volunteer (or exhibit).

Contact: Debbie Meister, 651.968.7130

WaterFest 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
11 AM - 4 PM (rain or shine)
Lake Phalen Park, St. Paul
North of Phalen Dr. & Wheelock Pkwy

"A Water Wonderland" is the theme of this year's 16th annual WaterFest--a free celebration of our clean lakes offering fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Experience the lake with Voyageur canoe rides, fishing lessons and canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and paddleboats for check out. Enjoy other activities including a fishing contest, geocaching, climbing walls, jump castle, obstacle course, native plant give-away, Water Arcade, live animals, water games, landscaping, watershed and art exhibits, music, lakeside yoga and lots more!

This event is sponsored by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, cities of Saint Paul, Maplewood, Roseville, Little Canada, Oakdale, Shoreview, Landfall and North Saint Paul, Ramsey County and other partners. For more information:

Volunteer to monitor wetlands

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Hennepin County is looking for people with an interest in protecting our natural resources to help monitor wetlands this summer through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). No experience is needed - all the training and equipment is provided! Learn more and apply:

Join or continue a Nature's Notebook Campaign in 2015

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It may still feel like winter at your home, but it's not too early to begin thinking about spring! Consider joining us in tracking one or more of our target species through a Nature's Notebook campaign. If you joined one of these last year, we'd love to have you stick with us!

We have 4 different campaigns to offer you this spring: you can watch for leaf out of maples, oaks and poplars, report on flowering of lilacs or dogwoods, or track leaf phenology of poplars. Learn more below.

If you intend to collect data for one or more of these campaigns, be sure to sign up to receive the campaigns messages we send out periodically. You will receive messages providing early results, encouragement, observation tips, interesting links, and campaign-specific opportunities. To sign up for campaign messages, click the "Sign me up!" links below.

Please note: If you participated in one or more of these campaigns last year, we have kept you on the list, so no need to sign up again this year.

Catch the Greenwave this Spring
Help scientists and natural resources managers track the "green wave" - the flush of green that accompanies leaf-out - over the course of the spring season, and the spread of seasonal color across the country in the autumn.
Sign me up!

Become a Lilac Flower Follower
Your observations of common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States.

Sign me up!

Become a Dogwood Flower Follower
Your observations of native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) life cycle events can enhance the decades of lilac phenology observations that have been collected across the United States.

Sign me up!

Track the Timing of Trees with PopClock
Researchers at the University of Maryland are working to identify genes that could ensure tree survival as the climate changes. You can assist by collecting observations of leaf phenology for balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera) and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).

Sign me up!

Learn more about the specifics of registering and observing your plants at

7 Ways to Volunteer in St. Paul This Spring

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Environmental Volunteers

For every event:
Bring a water bottle.
Bathrooms are usually limited.
Dress for the weather.
Suggested attire: long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Event leaders will be in safety vests.
Leave valuables at home. There is no safe place to store them in the park, and storing in your car is not a safe option.
Sign in.

Information about upcoming volunteer events and current opportunities with
Saint Paul Natural Resources, a section of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.
All events are family-friendly and great for individuals, friends and small groups.

With all the beautiful weather this week, it sure is easy to think spring! Here are seven (7) different ways to volunteer in your parks this spring. Don't worry, there will be many opportunities this spring, summer and fall. We are just getting started.

1. Citywide Spring Cleanup
Sat, Apr 18 | 9-11:30 am | Parks and neighborhoods in Saint Paul

Join forces with family, friends and neighbors to clean up the trash that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow.

Participating is easy! Register, and then drop by your selected Cleanup Site any time between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th, to pick up bags, gloves and snacks and meet your neighbors and community members. Then head out and clean up your park or neighborhood of choice. More information here.


All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.

2. Spring Planting in Lilydale
Sat, May 9| 9-11:30 am | Lilydale Regional Park - meet at boat launch

Plant trees and shrubs to restore one of Saint Paul's beautiful riverside gems - Lilydale Regional Park! Join us, the National Park Service and Mississippi River Fund for an Arbor Month celebration along the floodplain of the Mississippi River. Volunteers will plant over 1,000 native trees and shrubs and take time to enjoy and learn about some of the Parks' feathered inhabitants on a guided bird walk.


All ages, individuals and groups are welcome. No experience necessary.

3. Restoration Supervisor
Restoration Supervisor volunteers work closely with staff to help improve and maintain areas of high ecological significance in Saint Paul. They assist staff with supervising volunteers during large habitat restoration events, and may also lead small volunteer events in the absence of staff.

Combine your passions to care for our land and to share your knowledge by leading garlic mustard pulls, burdock cleanups or planting events. Click here for more information and to apply.

4. EcoSteward
EcoStewards are individuals and small groups who are dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring natural areas and vital ecosystems. They will adopt a parcel of land in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom in Como Regional Park.

This is a good fit for a volunteer who needs a flexible schedule. Care for your parcel of land on your own time. Click here for more information and to apply.

5. Garden Steward
Garden Stewards are individuals and groups who care for the many gardens in Saint Paul by planting, weeding, mulching and providing general garden maintenance.

We provide gloves, mulch buckets, knee pads, trowels and safety vests. Click here for more information and to apply.

Several openings available downtown and one opening in Como.

6. Group Volunteer Projects
Help prepare or clean up gardens, improve and maintain natural areas or pick up trash in our parks, while working together as a team. We have several large-scale, one-time volunteer projects each month during the growing season (April through October). Saint Paul Natural Resources will tailor a private volunteer project for your group to work together

Projects must be requested at least THREE weeks prior to the requested date(s).

Click here for more information and to apply.

7. Waterfest 2015
Sat, May 30| 11 am-4 pm| Phalen Regional Park

Join the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and Saint Paul Parks & Rec for a free celebration of our clean lakes offering fun on and around the water with Voyageur canoes, boats, water games, live animals, climbing walls, music and much more! Click here more info or to volunteer.

May 30 Burnsville Native Plant Market

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Burnsville Native Plant Market

When: Saturday, May 30th 9am - 1pm

Where: Parking lot across the street from Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway

Who: Open to everyone

Event Description: Native wildflowers, ferns and grasses will be available for sale from multiple vendors. Cash or check only. Event will occur rain or shine. More event information available at

June 13 Brush Stacking

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Brush Stacking
Volunteers: 150, Supervisors: 16
Carver Park Reserve, Victoria
Saturday, June 13, 8:30am-12:30pm

Join Great River Greening for this project kick-off event to help restore oak woodlands at Carver Park Reserve in the west Metro. Known for its vast diversity of wildlife, Carver Park Reserve is struggling with buckthorn, an invasive shrub which threatens new tree growth and crowds out native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. Help us haul and stack buckthorn to ensure that biodiversity continues to thrive at this beautiful site!

Partners and Funders: Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Please join us as we continue our efforts to restore critical lands and waters throughout the state! Individuals of all ages, families, and community and corporate groups of any size are welcome. Volunteers are needed for restoration activities, set-up and registration, leading work units as a volunteer supervisor, taking photos, lunch, and clean-up.
Register Today:

May 30 Planting and Celebration!

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Planting and Celebration!
Volunteers: 125, Supervisors: 20
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, Saint Paul
Saturday, May 30, 8:30am-12:30pm

Plant trees, shrubs, and grasses along the brook as we continue the transformation
of this neglected former railroad site into a 42-acre nature sanctuary! Once completed, Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary will provide prairie, savanna, maple-basswood forest, wetlands, recreational trails, and stormwater management--all right in the heart of the city!

After the event, starting at 12:30pm at Trout Brook, join Greening in celebrating our 20th
Anniversary of restoring land, water and wonder throughout (and beyond) the Twin Cities!

Partners and Funders: City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund, Mortenson Family Foundation, Fairmount Santrol, 3M Foundation

Please join us as we continue our efforts to restore critical lands and waters throughout the state! Individuals of all ages, families, and community and corporate groups of any size are welcome. Volunteers are needed for restoration activities, set-up and registration, leading work units as a volunteer supervisor, taking photos, lunch, and clean-up.
Register Today:

Invasive Plant Patrol - Ramsey Conservation District

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Invasive Plant Patrol
Early Detection / Citizen Science Program

How can you prevent buckthorn-like takeovers of new invasive plants in Ramsey County?
Volunteer! Hike, mark and report plants for removal!
Your findings contribute to a national invasive species database!

Choose from these FREE Saturday Training programs (note registration info):
• March 28, Shoreview City Hall (email
• April 11, Maplewood Nature Center (call 651-249-2170)
• April 25, Tamarack Nature Center (call 651-407-5350 x119)
All trainings are scheduled for 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

For more information: go to Ramsey County Cooperative Weed management Area on Facebook

Climate Minnesota:Local Stories, Community Solutions
The Will Steger Foundation is excited to launch Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions, a two-year project funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Climate Minnesota responds to the urgent need to increase climate literacy and promote sustainable behavior change among Minnesotans by sharing the knowledge of local experts and the stories of individuals impacted by climate change. The project builds on the power of media for sharing stories and the importance of personal contact to reach a broader, more diverse audience.

Opportunities for Involvement
We are looking for individuals or organizations to contribute through the following opportunities:

Submit Your Climate Story
Storytelling is a powerful way to communicate on climate change, especially when told from a personal perspective. As Minnesotans we are actually seeing the impacts now and they are affecting us in very real and direct ways. Share your personal climate change story in a blog, podcast or on our storytelling panel at a convening. For more information on how to submit your climate story as a blog or podcast please visit our Climate Storytelling Collection or email

Attend a Local Convening
For a full listing of all twelve-public convenings, please visit All convenings are free and open to the public.

Lead a Climate Action Team
We are developing climate action teams in each of our twelve convening locations. Climate action teams will represent a specific demographic, organization, or cause. Climate action team examples include neighborhood groups, student clubs, faith communities, educators, municipal leaders, native communities, farmers, and business owners/non-profits. A climate action team leader will bring together individuals interested in working towards a common solution and that can attend the convening as a group. For more information, please contact

Support Local Solutions
As a business, organization or non-profit you may be able to offer support for a local and specific solution for your community. For more information, please contact

Resource Fair Tables
A Resource Fair will be held in each community, during the half hour leading up to the public convening. Resource Fair tables will feature local resources that are aimed to build community, as well as direct or indirect solutions to climate change. The Resource Fair will accommodate approximately 8-10 tables. For more information, please contact

Volunteer opportunities are available for all twelve-statewide public convenings. For more information, please contact

University of Minnesota Insect Collection

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Have You Been to the University of Minnesota Insect Collection Lately?

Would you like to spend some time there?

It's a very cool place!

You will see some amazing things!

And... It's nice and warm in the winter!

WE NEED HELP sorting 2.2 million macro invertebrate specimens that the University of
Minnesota received from the USGS so it can be used for scientific research. You do not need to be an expert at anything to do this. We will train you!

At the rate we are going now, it will take decades to complete. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS
WHO CAN PUT IN SOME TIME ON THIS!!! The U of M Insect Collection is open normal
business hours Monday-Friday.

Let's "Git-R-Done!"

University of Minnesota
Hodson Hall
1980 Folwell Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55108


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