Great River Greening offers opportunities for all ages and abilities. No prior experience necessary.

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.

Public Restoration Events

Registration is open for our spring events

Each Spring and Fall, Great River Greening hosts 6-8 volunteer events on Saturdays throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Projects range from planting trees and shrubs to removing invasive species. No prior experience or equipment required to participate. All you need to do is show up ready to volunteer and restore our natural areas. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided! Volunteer opportunities at our public restoration events include:

  • Restoration volunteers (Time commitment: 3 hours)
  • Set-up/Registration volunteers (Time commitment: 1 ½ hours)
  • Lunch/Clean-up volunteers (Time commitment: 1 ½ hours)

Great River Greening’s Volunteer Supervisors are the gears of our events. They are the motivators and initiators leading work groups at restoration events. Supervisors provide on-the-job training to work groups consisting of 5-15 restoration volunteers. Work includes, but is not limited to, planting, native seed collection, and invasive species removal.

All volunteer supervisors are required to review our training material and meet with the Volunteer Manager before volunteering at their first event.  The spring Volunteer Supervisor Training has been scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 12:30-2:20pm at Shoreview Library (4570 North Victoria St., Shoreview MN, 55126).

For more information, contact our Volunteer Manager, Jen Kader at 651-665-9500 ex 11 or by email.


See photo ops for spring events

Do you like photography? Do you like being outside and working with diverse groups of children and adults? Are you looking to expand your portfolio or just shoot for fun? We are looking for photographers who would be interested in documenting our volunteer events! Contact us.  See current opportunities


Work side-by-side Great River Greening staff on various projects. Interns work during Great River Greening office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Some work may be available to do remotely. Internships are available in the following fields:

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

Youth Mentoring

Part of Great River Greening’s education goal is to help inform and connect Twin Cities youth to professionals with green jobs. We are seeking mentors with green jobs to share their stories and career path with at-risk youth. Mentoring opportunities typically last 1-2 hours and take place during Great River Greening office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

Contact our Volunteer Manager, Jen Kader at 651-665-9500 ex 11 or by email for more information.

Don’t See What You’re Looking For?

Sometimes volunteers are looking for an opportunity to use their unique skills to help Great River Greening in a way we haven’t advertised. We are always interested in hearing new ideas on how we can engage the community to help advance the mission of Great River Greening! Next step: Contact our Volunteer Manager, at 651-665-9500 ex 11 or email us with your unique volunteer idea.