Volunteer Photographers help tell the Great River Greening story by capturing the joy, wonder, and physical workout that our volunteers experience when they spend the day helping restore our land and water.
Becoming a volunteer photographer is a great opportunity for:
• People with photography skills who love being outdoors and in the elements.
• Individuals who enjoy working with diverse groups of children and adults
• Photography enthusiasts, students and professionals who are looking to build their portfolios or just shoot just for fun
• Individuals who care about the environment and want to make a lasting impact
We ask you to use your own camera, and spend a few hours at the event. Great River Greening will publish your images online and in print, for public relations and in fundraising materials, but not for profit. We will add a photo credit, if you wish. High resolution, digital is requested.
Photograph upcoming Events!
Public events are generally larger events and are open to the general public, meaning that there could be a wide range of ages and audiences that a supervisor could work with – from corporate groups, to schools, to families, to individuals.
Private events vary in size and are open to one audience – typically corporate employees. Often, sites used for private groups are different from those chosen for public events in the same season, so they can be a great opportunity to visit new Greening sites
Field Learning for Teens events are geared toward getting teenage students outside to get their hands dirty and learn about the importance of natural spaces.
Tuesday, 6/11 – 11:30 AM – 2:40 PM Prospect Park in Hudson, WI
- Andersen Corp Bayport and Headquarters employees will cut, haul, and stack buckthorn
Wednesday, 6/12 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM South Washington Conservation Corridor in Cottage Grove
- Renewal by Andersen employees will plant prairie grasses and wildflowers
Thursday, 6/20 – 9 AM – 1 PM Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Friday, 6/21 – 9 AM – 1 PM Lebanon Hills Regional Park
- Both days, Thompson Reuters employees will remove invasive buckthorn from this park in Eagan.
Seeding a New Prairie
South Washington Conservation Corridor, Cottage Grove
Saturday, April 13, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Volunteers will seed native wildflowers and grasses in a new portion of a long-term conservation corridor. This space has important flooding and water quality implications for this area that is quickly being developed. Portions of the seed we’ll use were collected by volunteers last fall!
Arbor Day Forest Restoration
Carroll’s Woods/Schwarz Pond Park, Rosemount
Saturday, April 27, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Volunteers will remove invasive buckthorn in the first phase to transform the understory of this much loved city park into a healthy natural habitat.
Hallett’s Pond Shoreline Planting
Hallett’s Pond Nature Area, St. Peter
Saturday, May 18, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Volunteers will plant native grasses and shrubs along the shoreline of Hallett’s Pond and build floating islands to be later installed in the middle of the pond. This work will establish a new, sustainable ecosystem that will improve water quality and provide diverse habitat for fish, pollinators, and birds to thrive.
Metro Buckthorn Bust
Katherine Abbott Park, Mahtomedi
Saturday, June 1, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Volunteers will remove invasive buckthorn in areas of Katherine Abbott Park that are not receptive to fire or other large-scale buckthorn removal practices.
Woodland Restoration with Dakota Electric Members
Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Saturday, May 4, 9:00 am to noon
- Staff and members (customers) of Dakota Electric service will be partnering with Great River Greening for the first time this spring for their annual habitat restoration service event at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Great River Greening has recently joined a partnership with Dakota County to restore habitat in parcels of their county parks and we’re excited to join in the team of creating a fun and impactful event. Volunteers at this event will be conducting various restoration tasks in the woodlands of the park, including seeding and planting native grasses and wildflowers.
Partners & Funders: Dakota Electric and Dakota County.
Seeding a New Prairie
South Washington Conservation Corridor – Ravine Parkway, Cottage Grove
Saturday, April 13, 8:30am to 12:30pm
Volunteers will sow wildflower and grass seed (some of which was collected by volunteers at the future SWCC nature center site last fall!) in this new portion of the South Washington Conservation Corridor.
Partners & Funders: South Washington Watershed District, Outdoor Heritage Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 3M Foundation, Andersen Corporate Foundation, and St. Croix Valley Foundation.
Planting with GovDocs
Valley Park, Mendota Heights
Wednesday, May 1, TIME TBD
- Employees from the St. Paul based GovDocs company will be joining us at Valley Park to plant pollinator friendly grasses and wildflowers in portions of the woods here.
Partners & Funders: GovDocs and City of Mendota Heights.
City Planting with TNC and Ecolab
Victoria Park, St. Paul
Thursday, June 6, TIME TBD (PM event)
- The Nature Conservancy and Ecolab will be planting plugs of wildflowers and grasses within the newly developed areas of the park.
Partners & Funders: The Nature Conservancy, Ecolab, and other corporate groups.
Field Learning for Teens
High School students in Upward Bound program
Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley
Saturday, April 6, TIME TBD (typical: 9:00a to 2:00p)