Great River Greening is a local conservation nonprofit working throughout Minnesota to empower and assist local communities in restoring and conserving the land and water that enrich our lives. For 21 years, we have worked side-by-side with 40,000 volunteers to improve, restore and care for Minnesota’s natural heritage—18,000 acres and counting. Minnesota is home to …read more →
November 3, 2017 Great River Greening’s Million Milkweed Challenge was featured on Grow with KARE. Show host Bobby Jensen interviewed GRG Project Manager Wiley Buck on the two-year volunteer collection effort. Executive Deborah Karasov also announced we were an target to reach our goal. At last count, we had done that and more, reaching 1.8 …read more →
Help us collect one million milkweed seeds that we will grow and spread across important spaces throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area and the Anoka Sand Plain. Pods are in perfect condition for collecting now, (October 12, 2017) some have burst, but many are still intact.
September, 2016 If was a beautiful fall day filled with art, culture, science, nature – and some brilliant bird calls from both Dr. Drew Lanham and a few students from Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis. The event was part of Great River Greening’s Field Learning for Teens program, which has inspired more that 1,200 …read more →
Stakeholders and community members developed six focus areas to shape water quality efforts in the Seven Mile Creek Watershed at a visioning session on Sept. 7. The session brought about 60 members of the public together, including stakeholders from county and state government agencies, farmers and property owners and members of other groups. The session …read more →
With the help of partners, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the University of Minnesota, volunteers are hunting for bumble bees in prairie restored by Great River Greening, to tell us what we are doing right – and what we could do better – to manage for both plants and pollinators.
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 …read more →
Field Learning for Teens Great River Greening helps hundreds of young people every year become the stewards of tomorrow by providing opportunities for hands-on and immersive instruction. Field Learning For Teens is a service learning program focused on introducing and educating at-risk youth about environmental science, green jobs, and the role they can play in protecting …read more →
Several families with young children volunteered with Great River Greening to improve water quality in the Mississippi River by controlling erosion at the boat launch in Lions Levee Park, in St. Paul Park. Together, they transformed the area from loose soil and turf to more stabilizing native grasses and flowers.
October 2015: Great River Greening recently advanced our efforts to restore land and water in rural Minnesota, first, by bringing our successful community program to the Seven Mile Creek Watershed, then, by expanding to other watersheds and developing an Agricultural Watersheds Advisory Committee. This fall, more than 80 volunteers spent two days on farms …read more →