Our events are open to all ages and abilities.
No prior experience necessary.


Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals and families; corporations and businesses; youth and adult groups; environmental and outdoor clubs; community and service organizations; faith-based groups, and college, high school, and middle school students. We only require that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult. We provide all of the equipment and no prior experience is necessary! All you need to do is show up ready to volunteer and get a little dirty to restore our natural areas. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided at most events.

Restoration Volunteer
About: get your hands dirty and join community efforts to plant native trees, remove invasive plants, and more! View our current Public Restoration Events to see what is currently on our calendar or complete our Private Event Inquiry form to work with us on tailoring a private experience for your employees/group.
General time commitment: 3-4 hours per event.
Volunteer Supervisor
About: lead small groups of restoration volunteers at our public, private, and Field Learning for Teens events. Training is required. Visit our Volunteer Supervisor webpage for more information.
General time commitment: 2 hour training and 3-5 hours per event.
Event Assistant
About: help our public events run smoothly by volunteering to assist us in our pre-event set-up, checking in volunteers as they arrive, serving lunch after the event, or taking the event down after all restoration volunteers have left. Event assistants are welcome to join in for the restoration portion of the event, too! Visit the Public Restoration Events webpage to view event assistant opportunities.
General time commitment: 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Volunteer Photographer
About: help us document our volunteer events! This is a great role for anyone with a photography set-up, who enjoys being outside and working with diverse groups of children and adults, or someone who is looking to expand their portfolio or shoot for fun. See our Photographer Opportunities webpage for more information.
General time commitment: ranges on your availability. Generally 2-4 hours.
About: as a part of our educational goal, we seek green job professionals to join our Field Learning for Teens (FLT) events and lead small group discussions with FLT youth. Share your story, your professional and academic experiences, and challenges/opportunities you’ve faced throughout your career. Please contact Katie Brom, Volunteer Events Manager, for more information or to join this season: kbrom@greatrivergreening.org or (651) 272-3989.
General time commitment: 1-2 hours, generally during weekdays.

Volunteer Programs

Public Events

Each spring and fall, Great River Greening hosts 4-8 public restoration events throughout the greater Twin Cities Metro. These events typically take place on Saturday mornings and our projects range from planting native trees to removing invasive plants and more! Visit the Public Events webpage to view our current opportunities.

Private Events

In addition to our public events, Great River Greening offers private events for groups wishing to have a more targeted restoration experience. We offer private event opportunities throughout the year and work hand-in-hand with group leaders to determine the location, tasks, and date that work best. Complete our Private Event Inquiry form to work with us on tailoring an experience for your employees/group.

Field Learning for Teens

Separate from our public and private restoration events, Field Learning for Teens is an outdoor youth education program, designed to introduce youth of color to the importance of environmental stewardship and the many ways they can be involved in caring for our shared natural spaces – now and as future professionals. Through hands-on activities in the field, teens gain a deeper exposure to natural spaces in their community, current environmental topics, and career opportunities in STEM and environmental fields. This is a free, one day program offered to groups of 20 or more youth. Please contact Katie Brom, Volunteer Events Manager, for more information: kbrom@greatrivergreening.org or (651) 272-3989.


Click here to view our current Internship and Employment openings. Great River Greening internships are a chance to work side-by-side with our staff and partners on various projects. Interns work during Great River Greening office hours (Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm) and occasionally at weekend or evening volunteer or outreach events. Some work may be available to do remotely. Internships are available in the following fields:

  • Communications/marketing
  • Database management
  • Volunteer management
  • Event planning
  • Development
  • GIS mapping
  • Graphic design

Is there something missing here? If you would like more information or to offer volunteer services that range outside these roles, please call us (651) 665-9500 or e-mail us volunteer@greatrivergreening.org, we would love to hear from you!