There are few purposes more important to us than to restore wonder in the world around us.

Great River Greening is an environmental conservation nonprofit working throughout Minnesota with a mission to inspire and lead local communities in restoring and conserving the land and water that enrich our lives. As Minnesota’s leader in community-based restoration, devoted solely to stewardship, we engage volunteers on a scale no other environmental organization can match. Nearly 40,000 volunteers have worked with us, side-by-side, to improve, restore and care for Minnesota’s natural heritage—17,500 acres and counting. More

Video: Restoring healthy lands and waters


Planting pollinator-friendly habitat to celebrate 65 years of community giving

Picture: General Mills volunteers planted a pollinator garden plot at Westwood Hills Nature Center as part of the Foundation's 65th  ...
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Farm Field to Forest Project starts with 23 bushels of acorns

Great River Greening will soon be seeding a new forest in a new 200-acre Wildlife Management Area, Sunktokeca WMA, located ...
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Field Day in St. Peter investigates the benefits of crop cover interseeding

Farmers who use no-till/strip till and cover crops are featured guests in a discussion on how to build soil health ...
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The many benefits of a meandering creek

Until recently, canoeing the Minnehaha Creek included maneuvering polluted waters in a lengthy secluded ditch, along industrial backyards. Now, this ...
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200 volunteers celebrated MPR Water Month by busting buckthorn

Two hundred volunteers came out to Valley Park in Mendota Heights to improve the water quality of the creek.  The ...
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Restoring oak forest gives way to a happy understory

Talahi Woods is an oak forest in Saint Cloud, adjacent to a recreational city park, with trails that open to ...
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Seed for seed, this pollinator project is taking hold

A Pollinator Seed Initiative begun last spring is making progress. Ground preparation and planting projects are planned throughout this year, ...
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Watershed partnership assisting tomorrow’s leaders

Nicollet County’s Seven Mile Creek Park offers hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Seven Mile Creek, flowing through the park to the ...
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Volunteer Supervisors are the gears of our restoration events

No question, every Great River Greening volunteer is super. But there are those that standout even among the greats: Our ...
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New trail winds through prairie restored by volunteers

A ribbon cutting celebration this month officially opens a trail in Maplewood’s Fish Creek Natural Area that winds through woodlands ...
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