Help Restore Our Natural Resources. Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers help to restore forests, prairies and freshwaters. These efforts conserve air and water quality, while restoring critical land habitat.
Who can volunteer?
Great River Greening offers opportunities for all ages and abilities. No prior experience necessary. We only require that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult. Our volunteers include:
- Individuals and families
- Corporations and businesses
- Youth and adult groups
- Environmental and outdoor clubs
- Community and service organizations
- Faith-based groups
- Local College, High School, and Middle School
Community Restoration Events
Each Spring and Fall, Greening hosts 6-8 large events on Saturdays throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Projects range from planting trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, to helping with registration. A continental
breakfast, snack, and lunch are provided. Great River Greening is always looking for energetic volunteers to assist with registration, parking, and serving lunch. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is unable to stay for the duration of our Saturday morning restoration event or physically unable to participate but still wants to help our cause.
Private Restoration Events
Great River Greening offers the opportunity for businesses, corporations, or small groups to schedule a private event. These usually take place on weekdays. A donation is suggested to help cover event costs.
Great River Greening's volunteer supervisors are critical to the success of our work. Supervisors lead work groups at our Community Restoration Events where they provide on the job training for the work group's volunteer task.
Science Area Teen Network Mentor
SATN is a program focused on introducing and educating at-risk youth about restoration and green jobs. Mentors are needed to assist Great River Greening staff during this three-day program.
On-Call Restoration Volunteer
On-call volunteers work throughout the metro area to help maintain Great River Greening project sites as needed. Work includes, but is not limited to, removing invasive species, planting, weeding, mulching and watering at Great River Greening restoration projects.
Clerical Volunteers are needed on a limited basis to help with various office projects including database maintenance, filing and sorting, and assistance with large bulk mail projects. Clerical volunteers work during Great River Greening office hours, Monday through Friday,9am-5pm.
For more information on any Great River Greening volunteer opportunity, contact Laura Durenberger-Grunow, Volunteer Manager at 651.665.9500, ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Colors photo © Susan Troha