Great River Greening news

Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, Adult butterfly

Great River Greening Receives National Monarch Conservation Fund Grant

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Aug. 29, 2016 – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has awarded Great River Greening (GRG) a $110,916 grant to support the recovery of monarch butterflies. The grant is being funded by the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund (MBCF), an initiative established by NFWF in 2015 and financially supported by Monsanto Company, …read more →

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Utilizing our restoration sites for research

Sites Great River Greening volunteers have helped restore are being used for research in pollinators, forest ecology, and citizen engagement. For example, this fall, volunteers will be planting bur oak trees in Lindstrom, (10/29) for a climate resilience study in partnership with The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology.


Gala Volunteers Needed

We’re looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to make our 2017 The Great River Greening Gala a success: Both Pre-event and Day-of (4/29) assistance.

Filed Learning for Teens at Pond Dakota

Thank you for a great year!

In 2016 Great River Greening continued to get kids, families, and communities outside, learning about science and discovering the spark that ignites a lifetime of caring for our land and water. With your help, we advanced our goal to touch nearly every community in the Twin Cities and lead the state to improve our most …read more →


2016 Fall Digest

Download the PDF Highlights in the PDF Utilizing our restoration sites for research Minnehaha Creek renewal among new west metro projects 800 volunteers cover a lot ground Million Milkweed Challenge 2016 Feature Engaging young new Americans in their local environment This fall, students from Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis spent a day by a …read more →

Field Learning For Teens

Mission Moment: Field Learning for Teens

Great River Greening’s Field Learning for Teens program, which has inspired more that 1,200 at- risk students through hands-on restoration activities and connections with mentors with environmentally-based careers.


Volunteers plant wildflowers on CRP farmland near St. Peter

Mankato Free Press Link to original online story  Oct 9, 2016 By Tim Krohn ST. PETER — On a cool morning this weekend, dozens of volunteers moved slowly across a recently planted grassland field, stopping every five feet, pulling a small wildflower plug from a plastic carrier and then kneeling down to dig a small …read more →

St. Peter Herlad photo by Nancy Madson

Video: 7-Mile Creek Watershed Visioning Conversation

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 →


9th annual Business Forum hosts MN Twins president

More than 200 business colleagues came out for the 9th annual Great River Greening Business Forum to hear featured guest speaker Twins President Dave St. Peter discuss the Minnesota Twins’ commitment to environmental stewardship. An audience Q&A followed, led by journalist and founder of i.e. network Rick Kupchella. St. Peter’s is a fitting topic for …read more →


Star Tribune Blog: MN Twins president jokes about the ball club in presentation about Target Field at Business Forum

Strib Sports Upload Blog By Lee Schafer SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 — 2:34PM

Studying Water Pollution Solutions in the Minnesota River Basin

Summer Research Students Study Water Pollution Solutions in the Minnesota River Basin

Posted on July 19th, 2016 by JJ Akin ’11 Link to original story online Students at Gustavus Adolphus College often use the three-month summer break to get hands-on experience through internships, research, or study-away opportunities. This summer, a trio of students are getting their hands dirty too – while studying how changing agricultural practices might …read more →


Minnesota Corn Growers cheer on Gophers with a gift to Great River Greening

This football and hockey season, Minnesota Corn Growers will donate to Great River Greening for great performances from the MN Gophers at home games. $100 will go to Great River Greening for every extra point the Gophers score, and every save the Gopher goalie makes. “Every time a Gophers extra point sails through the uprights, …read more →