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.
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.
Allemansrätt Wilderness Park, Lindström
Saturday, September 30, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Volunteers will hike and plant trees in the eastern peninsula of Allemansrätt Wilderness Park, a 125-acre city park, home to high quality oak forest, wetlands, lakeshore, diverse wildlife, unique glacial geology, and several miles of trails.
This project is made possible with the support from City of Lindström, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund, Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife.
Tree Planting in Victoria Park
Victoria and Crosby Farm parks, Saint Paul
Saturday, October 7, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Volunteers will continue enhancing the new park in Saint Paul’s West Seventh Street neighborhood! Victoria Park replaces a brownfield with much-needed green space, access to the Mississippi riverfront and connections to other parks. Volunteers will be drop off to the site from the shuttle bus and hike through the park to a part of Crosby Farm Park on the river and plant trees to help build resilience and diversity of our floodplain forests.
This project is made possible with the support from City of Saint Paul and Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund.
Buckthorn Bust in Wolsfeld Woods
Wolsfeld Woods SNA, Long Lake
Saturday, October 14, 9:30am to 1:30pm
100 volunteers will invasive buckthorn from the metro-area’s best remaining Big Woods habitat. The large sugar maples in Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area that dominate this 221-acre parcel should be showing their colors during this event!
This project is made possible with the support from Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund, Friends of Wolsfeld Woods, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Wellstone International High School
Minnehaha Creek/Minnehaha Greenway, St. Louis Park
Friday, October 13, (approx) 8:30a to 12:30p
Join a group of approximately 100 students from Wellstone International High School, a Minneapolis public school focused on English Learners and students who are relatively new to the country (likely new to the US within the last 3-5 years). We’ll be working with multiple Biology classes and will work to introduce the youth to the environmental science field and guide their learning as they get their hands dirty in nature.
Girl Scouts Connectz – St. Paul Hispanic Troops
St. Paul (Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary or Willow Reserve)
Friday, October 27, 8:30a to 12:30p
Approximately 30 girls from St. Paul Girl Scouts Connectz Hispanic troops will be introduced to the environmental science field through hands-on activities.
3M at Fish Creek Open Space, Maplewood
Thursday, Oct 19, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Fish Creek Open Space has gorgeous fall colors! 3M employees and their families will plant small wildflowers and grasses in a basin near the entrance to the park.
Renewal by Andersen at SWCC, Cottage Grove
Friday, Sept 22, from 11:15am to 2:30pm
Another Andersen Corporation (of Andersen Windows) Nature Preservation Day, this time planting trees with their Renewal by Andersen (Cottage Grove) facilities employees
Andersen Corporation at Prospect Park, Hudson WI
Thursday, Sept 21, from 11:45am to 3:00pm
Nature Preservation Day Andersen Corporation’s (of Andersen Windows) Bayport facilities employees will be removing buckthorn from the trails in the park. Once the buckthorn is removed, gorgeous vistas of the St. Croix river valley are revealed through the old-growth oaks.
Field Learning for Teens
Xcel Energy at Rogers Lake Park, Mendota Heights
Saturday, Sept 9, from 8:00am to 11:00am
Xcel Energy is hosting it’s annual Day of Service for their employees across the metro and we’re excited to work with them again! We’ll be hauling and stacking (mostly pre-cut) buckthorn at this new and popular site.
Feature Photo: nimmerphoto.com