Our parks are in a state of rapid decline; they’re overrun by invasive plants and pests, they struggle to sustain native wildlife, and they compromise our outdoor experiences.
The 2019 Clean & Green Gala is raising money to restore and protect the precious green spaces we cherish. Funds will help us plant trees and wildflowers, restore shorelines, stop the spread of invasive plants, and most importantly, inspire stewards who will protect these areas in the future.
Check out the natural areas that will benefit from your generous contribution at this year’s event:
Lebanon Hills is Dakota County’s largest park and people throughout the metro area rank it as a favorite for its beauty, accessible location, well-marked trails, and family-centric programs. Its popularity endures year-round, with people currently enjoying the cross country ski paths that wind throughout. A Dying Oak Savanna Despite the area’s intrinsic beauty, 75 acres of
We all deserve a walk in the woods Urban natural areas promote well-being, according to studies by the World Health Organization. They also play a critical role in cooling cities and provide space for community building. With 75% of Minnesotans living in a city, these benefits are substantial. That number is projected to grow by 2040
Until recently, canoeing the Minnehaha Creek included maneuvering polluted waters in a lengthy secluded ditch, along industrial backyards. Now, this same stretch brings you through the Minnehaha Creek Preserve, surrounded by thriving wetland grasses, amid eagles, deer and wood ducks. Central to the transformation is a re-meandered portion of the creek, between Meadowbrook and Louisiana
A new trail winds through park restored by volunteers This fall, a hiking trail opened in Maplewood’s Fish Creek Natural Area that winds through a prairie of grasses and wildflowers, and uphill through a forest, opening to scenic views from the bluff. Since 2012, Great River Greening volunteers have pulled buckthorn and planted wildflowers to
Preserving the ecological integrity of a treasured and vital park Katherine Abbott Park in the City of Mahtomedi, MN is beloved for its beauty and accessibility. The park’s 76 acres of hardwood oak forest, prairie/savanna, and wetlands provide habitat for a variety of wildlife and an escape to nature for cross-country skiing, hiking, bird watching,