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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Shoreline restoration demonstrates techniques landowners can apply to their lakeshores

Eighty-three dedicated volunteers pulled on their boots and pushed up their sleeves to help restore over 1,000 feet of shoreline on the north side of Spring Lake on Saturday, May 21. The event was led by Great River Greening (GRG), an environmental conservation nonprofit, in partnership with the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District (PLSLWD) and […]

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Sheep should help shear weeds, restore Pilot Knob prairie (reprint)

UPDATE: Sheep were again brought to Pilot Knob in spring 2016 see photos >>>


Business Forum 2016 to feature president of MN Twins

Save the Date! This year’s Great River Greening Business Forum will feature Dave St. Peter,  President of Minnesota Twins, speaking on the topic of business and the environment. A moderated Q&A with Rick Kupchella will follow. Wednesday, September 28, 2016  7:30 – 9:15 a.m. McNamara Alumni Center Minneapolis, MN


Arbor Day through the years, rain or shine (or snow)

They say the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the next best time is now. Great River Greening can celebrate having done both, and involving thousands of volunteers to get it done. So, Arbor Day, which is observed in Minnesota at the end of April, is an especially big day for us. […]


Video-Celebrating the Wonder of Nature

Great River Greening’s  unique approach to restoration brings communities together to transform endangered habitats into healthy and resilient spaces. These are places to return to year after year, and to take pride in having created beautiful places for future generations to enjoy. But the work is far from complete. There are thousands of children, schools, and […]