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>>



Minnesota Corn Growers cheer on Gophers with a gift to Great River Greening

This football and hockey season, Minnesota Corn Growers will donate to Great River Greening for great performances from the MN Gophers at home games. $100 will go to Great River Greening for every extra point the Gophers score, and every save the Gopher goalie makes. “Every time a Gophers extra point sails through the uprights, […]

St. Peter Herlad photo by Nancy Madson

Seven Mile Creek stakeholders identify actions to improve water quality

From the St. Peter Herald By NANCY MADSEN nmadsen@stpeterherald.com Link to article at the St. Peter Herald Stakeholders and community members developed six focus areas to shape water quality efforts in the Seven Mile Creek Watershed at a visioning session on Sept. 7. The session brought about 60 members of the public together, including stakeholders […]


Community Outreach Coordinator

The Community Outreach Coordinator works as a member of a team aimed at engaging communities and individuals in our restoration work, including large volunteer restoration events in the spring and fall for hundreds of individuals throughout the seven-county metro area and outstate. Working with the Communications and Outreach Manager, the Coordinator helps to conduct outreach and recruitment for these events (other team members produce the events), increase public awareness of Great River Greening, and build a culturally diverse volunteer base. Responsibilities include recruiting volunteers, researching community outreach opportunities, producing communication materials, including social media and web postings, and staffing outreach fairs.

Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, Adult butterfly

Great River Greening Receives National Monarch Conservation Fund Grant

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Aug. 29, 2016 – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has awarded Great River Greening (GRG) a $110,916 grant to support the recovery of monarch butterflies. The grant is being funded by the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund (MBCF), an initiative established by NFWF in 2015 and financially supported by Monsanto Company, […]

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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.