There are few purposes more important to us than to restore wonder in the world around us.

Great River Greening began in 1995 as a massive five-year volunteer planting project on the Saint Paul riverfront, where 10,000 volunteers and 450 organizations helped plant 35,000 trees and shrubs. With your support, we have grown to be Minnesota’s restoration leader, mobilizing communities to conserve our most critical natural areas, lakes, and rivers. Read more>>


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Utilizing our restoration sites for research

Sites Great River Greening volunteers have helped restore are being used for research in pollinators, forest ecology, and citizen engagement. For example, this fall, volunteers will be planting bur oak trees in Lindstrom, (10/29) for a climate resilience study in partnership with The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology.

Prairie cordgrass has potential as a biomass cash crop that could also improve water quality. Great River Greening hosted volunteer events in 2015 to harvest and transplant rhizomes in a drainage swale on the edge of a farmfield in St. Peter as part of trial to learn more.

Great River Greening to present on developing a sustainable bioeconomy

Great River Greening will contribute to a workshop sponsored by the UMN’s New Agricultural Bioeconomy Project, for organizations and individuals interested in the intersection of agricultural production, resource conservation, and rural economic development.

Members of the The Legislative Water Commission listen as Karen Galles, front, talks about drainage management improvement project done at agricultural land on hwy 13 (PHOTO: Nancy Madsen, St. Peter Herald)

Legislators get deep dive on water quality issues (St. Peter Herald)

By NANCY MADSEN nmadsen@stpeterherald.com August 20, 2016 Story link Water quality improvement projects are difficult to get done and may not show the expected benefits to all involved, locals told state legislators on a recent visit. Karen Galles, who works on Seven Mile Creek Watershed projects for Great River Greening and the Nicollet County Soil […]


Introducing Rick Kupchella

  Rick Kupchella will be returning for his second year as moderator at the 2016 Business Forum on September 28.   Kupchella is a serial entrepreneur and business owner with a collection of companies in new media – focused on digital innovation, content marketing, consumer news distribution and network building.   He started his career […]


2016 Business Forum: How “Green” is Target Field?

  The 2016 Business Forum features Dave St. Peter, President of the Minnesota Twins, who will discuss Target Field and the Minnesota Twins’ dedication to environmental stewardship. For example, did you know that Target Field was the first ballpark to install a Rain Water Recycle System (RWRS)? The system reduces the need for municipal water […]