Volunteer Photographer for events

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 our Spring 2018 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.

Arbor Day Woodland Restoration with 3M

Valley Park, Mendota Heights
Friday, April 27, 12:30p to 4:00p

  • 3M employees and their families will bust some buckthorn and garlic mustard and plant native grasses and forbs into the cleared spaces.

Improving water quality in Valley Park with MN Public Radio

Valley Park, Mendota Heights
Saturday, April 28, 9:00am to noon

  • MPR staff, hosts, and members and the community (200) will remove invasives and sew seed Valley Park, a beautiful, heavily wooded, and much loved city park in Mendota Heights.

Pollinator Habitat Enhancement

Pilot Knob Preservation Site, Mendota Heights
(We don’t limit photographers at any sites, but have three (3) already signed up for this event)
Saturday, May 5, 8:30am to 12:30pm

  • This 25-acre natural area in Mendota Heights features dramatic views of both Twin Cities’ skylines, and Minnesota and Mississippi River Valleys. 50 Volunteers will restore the prairie with native pollinator shrubs and release milkweed seeds into a recently burned area through a ‘podcast.’

Tree Planting with Aveda

Martin’s Meadows, Andover
Tuesday, May 15
AM shift 9:00a to noon (One person has signed up for this event)
PM shift: 1:00p to 4:00p

  • This picturesque 40-acre open space sits along the Rum River and contains oak forest and prairie. The land was acquired by the city of Andover in 2006 to preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations. Volunteers will help plant trees to restore the canopy after the oak dominated woodland required a clearing of dead and diseased red oaks that were infected with oak wilt. Secondary tasks will revolve around buckthorn removal.

Milkweed Planting at WMA

Rice Area Sportsmans Club Wildlife Management Area, Little Falls (nearer to Buckman)
Thursday, May 17, 11:00am to 2:00pm

  • 20 High School students will plant 2,500 butterfly weed seedlings in the prairie and savanna in area Morrison County, near the town of Buckman, made up of sandplain prairie, wetlands, oak woodlands, and rare oak savanna.

Woodland Planting on the Minnesota River

MN River Valley near the Izaak Walton League Chapter House, Bloomington
(We don’t limit photographers at any sites, but two (2) have already signed up for this event)
Saturday, May 19, 8:30am to 12:30pm

Tree Planting for Rotary District Conference

Crosby Farm Park Extension, St. Paul

(We don’t limit photographers at any sites, but two (2) have already signed up for this event)
Saturday, May 19, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

  • As a part of the Rotary District Conference, 75 Rotarians will increase biodiversity and restore canopy cover by planting plugs and seeding under the thick woodland canopy.

St. Cloud Woodland Invasive Removal

Talahi Woods, St. Cloud
Wednesday, May 23, 12:30pm to 4:30pm

  • 30 Volunteers will remove  invasive plants (like buckthorn and garlic mustard) from a much-loved woodland park.

Neighborhood Green Space Pollinator Planting

Woodbury Pollinator Corridor, Woodbury
Wednesday, May 30, 10:00am to 2:00pm

  • 50 volunteers will plant 5,000 wildflowers and grasses in a wide green space that runs between two neighborhoods in Woodbury

Mississippi Floodplain Planting

Crosby Farm Park Extension, St. Paul
(We don’t limit photographers at any sites, but three (4) have already signed up for this event)
Saturday, June 2, 8:30am to 12:30pm

  • Crosby Farm Regional Park is a much loved park in St. Paul, boasting floodplain forests, wetlands, Mississippi shoreline, and an extensive trail system. 75+ Volunteers will help plant native tree seedlings to enhance the floodplain forest here and help mitigate for loss of native ash tree canopy cover.

Tree Planting with Ecolab and other Corporate Groups

Victoria Park, St. Paul
Thursday, June 7, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

  • Roughly 50 volunteers from Ecolab, The Nature Conservancy, and other local corporations will plant 11 large potted trees at Victoria Park and then walk down into the Mississippi River floodplain and collect trash from past flooding events.

Planting in a New Regional Park

Doyle Kennefick Regional Park, Elko New Market
(We don’t limit photographers at any sites, but have three (3) already signed up for this event)
Saturday, June 9, 8:30am to 12:30pm

  • 100 Volunteers will work in this new park in Scott County, still in the acquisition and stewardship stage. Volunteers will plant native wildflowers and grasses and release milkweed seeds via a ‘podcast’!

Bio Blitz at Fish Creek Open Space

June 22, Time TBD

  • 100+ Volunteers will survey plants, birds, insects, etc.

Field Learning for Teens Events

The Field Learning for Teens program is geared toward introducing teens to the significance of biodiversity, natural areas, and natural sciences. During this program, teens have the opportunity to conduct hands-on field work, learn about and use field technology (such as water quality testing kits or GPS units), and gain insight on environmental career opportunities.

Minneapolis South High’s All Nations Students

Pilot Knob Preservation Site, Mendota Heights
Wednesday, May 16, 9:15a to 3:00p

  • 50+ Students from the science classes. We will be reaching out to Native American elders who are connected to this are to lead one of the rotating activities.
Laura Jeffrey Academy

Site: TBD, St. Paul
Tuesday, May 22, 9:45a to 2:00p

  • 60 middle-students from the science classes at Laura Jeffrey Academy
Humboldt High School’s Science and Agriculture Students

Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, St. Paul
Friday, May 25. Time: TBD

  • Students in the Intro to Agriculture and Environmental Science classes at Humboldt High School, located just south of downtown St. Paul. We’ll be connecting both classes study topics to the restored prairie and creek habitats at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary.
Youth Apprenticeship Program at Urban Boatbuilders (St. Paul)

Site TBD, St. Paul
Monday, June 25 – supervisors from 2:00 – 5:15p

  • 20 Youth from the apprenticeship program with Urban Boatbuilders

Feature Photo: nimmerphoto.com