Volunteer Supervisor Registration

Fall public events are open!


How to register:
1) Read descriptions of our current events below
2) Find the event(s) that works best for you
3) Register via the form on the right

Questions? Contact Katie Brom at (651) 272-3989 or kbrom@greatrivergreening.org.

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. Required: completion of the Volunteer Supervisor Training for Adult and Family Programs. Learn More >

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. Required: completion of the Volunteer Supervisor Training for Adult and Family Programs. Learn More >

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. Required: completion of the Volunteer Supervisor Training for School Programs. Learn More >

Open Public Events

There are currently no open public events for supervisor positions. E-mail Katie if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for one of them, otherwise the Cambridge event on October 6 still has openings for restoration volunteers (register here).

More public events will be announced for our spring season of events in February.

Open Private Events

Buckthorn Bust with WEST

Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park
Friday, October 5, 3:00p to 5:00p (supervisors arrive at 2:00p!)
Supervisors Needed:
2 (of 2)
Food Provided? No

Employees from the local Western EcoSystem Technologies group will be joining us at Westwood Hills to cut and haul resprouting buckthorn from the north end of the property. This section of Westwood Hills will require a good deal of walking to get to, but all is on formal trails (paved, gravel, or boardwalk). The buckthorn we’ll be cutting was cut and treated in 2017, but buckthorn is hardy and is sending up shoots. By lopping the resprouting shoots, we can continue to set back these invasive shrubs and get them to a good height for another targeted herbicide treatment.

Partners & Funders: Western EcoSystem Technologies, Westwood Hills Nature Center, and the City of St. Louis Park.

Pollinator Planting with General Mills

Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park
Tuesday, October 9, 12:00p to 4:30p (supervisors arrive at 11:00a!)
Supervisors Needed:
3 (of 7)
Food Provided? Yes

General Mills employees will join us to plant large swaths of pollinator prairie plants in the north end of Westwood Hills Nature Center – this project is part of a major and generous grant we received from the General Mills Foundation. General Mills headquarters are just north of Westwood Hills, so employees will walk from campus to an open gate on the north side of the park. An approximate total of 100 General Mills employees will be volunteering in two sections (noon to 2p and 2p to 4:30p), supervisors will remain on site during both sessions.

Partners & Funders: General Mills, General Mills Foundation (65h Anniversary Grant Series), Westwood Hills Nature Center, and the City of St. Louis Park.

Prairie Planting in a New Park

South Washington Conservation Corridor, Woodbury
Friday, October 19, 12:00p to 4:00p (supervisors arrive at 11:00a!)
Supervisors Needed:
1 (of 2)
Food Provided? No

Thomson Reuters will be joining us again this fall to do a prairie planting extravaganza with a small group of their employees. We will be planting into a new prairie inside the South Washington Conservation Corridor. This space is owned by South Washington Watershed District and has multiple entrance points – we will enter the site via Cedarhurst Meadows Park and walk north into a new connecting property that we’re calling Ravine Parkway. This will be the first time that volunteers have assisted in the restoration of this property! At this event, we will be planting and seeding milkweed, other wildflowers, and grasses.

Partners & Funders: Thomson Reuters and South Washington Watershed District.

Open Field Learning for Teens Events

RESCHEDULED: Laura Jeffrey Academy

Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
Thursday, October 4, 9:45a to 2:00p (sups needed from approx. 9:30a to 12:30p)
Activities:
lakeshore restoration project and water quality chemistry activities
Take Aways: connection of land and water – filtration, land use, water quality, etc.
Supervisors Needed: 2 (of 8)
Food Provided? Yes

This event was rescheduled due to thunderstorms. Lead small groups of 12 and 13 year old (7th and 8th grade) scholars from the science classes at Laura Jeffrey Academy, a middle school near Macalester College. There will be 60+ students attending.

Wellstone International High School

Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
Wednesday, October 10, 9:00a to 2:00p (sups needed from approx. 8:45a to 12:00p)
Activities:
lakeshore restoration project and water quality chemistry activities
Take Aways: connection of land and water – filtration, land use, water quality, etc.
Supervisors Needed: 2 (of 10)
Food Provided? Yes

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.

Past/Full Fall 2018 Events

Prairie Seeding with Xcel Energy

Blue Lake Xcel Energy Facilities, Shakopee
Saturday, September 8, 8:00a to 11:00a (supervisors arrive at 7:00a!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? No

Join us for the 7th annual Xcel Day of Service at the Blue Lake Xcel Energy Facilities in Shakopee. We’ll be seeding plots of native wildflowers as part of our Polliator Seed Initiative. This initiative is being replicated at multiple project sites and will create seed plots of native wildflowers and grasses that are highly desirable as food or habitat to our local pollinators, but are expensive or hard to find for purchase in mass quantities. Once these plots are established, they will be prime habitat in their own right for local pollinators, as well as serving as a sustainable and lower cost source of seed for restoration projects that are run by project partners (Xcel Energy, Great River Greening, and others).

Partners & Funders: Xcel Energy and Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.

Buckthorn Bust with Thomson Reuters

Rogers Lake Park, Mendota Heights
Friday, September 14, 1:00p to 3:30p (supervisors arrive at noon!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? No

Thomson Reuters employees will join us through their corporate Green Team to kick-off the fall restoration season with us. We’ll be continuing our buckthorn removal efforts along the Rogers Lake shoreline. Come see what the last year of invasive plant removal has done for the park and continue the good work, too!

Partners & Funders: Thomson Reuters and City of Mendota Heights.

Shoreline Planting in Future Regional Park

Doyle-Kennefick Future Regional Park, Elko New Market
Saturday, September 15, 8:30am to 12:30pm (supervisors arrive at 7:30am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

Come to the second 2018 event at Doyle-Kennefick Future Regional Park! In 2014, 150 volunteers cleared out the buckthorn from the prairie, savanna, and wetland shorelines and this spring we planted 2,500 trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses in the prairie and savanna. Now we need to plant into the next phase: the wetland shoreline! We’ll plant shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers and will release milkweed seeds via a ‘podcast’!
Learn more about how the milkweed seeds were collected >

Partners & Funders: Scott County, Three Rivers Scott County, National Turkey Federation, and Scott-Le Sueur MN Waterfowl Association.

Buckthorn Bust with 3M Oral Care

Katherine Abbott Park, Mahtomedi
Wednesday, September 26, 1:00p to 4:00p (supervisors arrive at noon!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? No

A small group pf employees from 3M’s Oral Care Division will be helping in a high priority space within the 76-acre Katherine Abbott Park. We’ll be targeting the removal of invasive shrubs like buckthorn and Japanese honeysuckle and moving into the second phase of assuring native understory takes buckthorn’s place, by transplanting portions of well established, healthy groves of native grasses and wildflowers into areas that are lacking these important plants.

Partners & Funders: 3M Gives, 3M Oral Care Division, and City of Mahtomedi.

Humboldt High School’s Science and Agriculture Students

Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, St. Paul
Thursday, September 27, 8:30a to 1:30p (sups needed from approx 8:00a to noon)
Activities:
prairie restoration, prairie insect sweeps
Take Aways: connections between prairie health, prairie systems (biodiversity, pollinators, insects as predators of common crop pests, etc.), and their connections to agriculture.
Supervisors Needed: This event has passed.
Food Provided? Yes

Lead small groups of 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.

Milkeed Planting at WMA

Carlos Avery WMA, Wyoming
Saturday, September 29, 10:00am to 2:00pm (supervisors arrive at 9:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

Join us at the first public event at the 24,000 acre Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area (WMA)! We’ll plant and podcast multiple milkweed species into the prairie and savanna ‘Sunrise Unit’.
Learn more about the GRG project at Carlos Avery WMA >

Partners & Funders: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Ramsey County Correctional Facility, Outdoor Heritage Fund, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Monarch Conservation Fund

3M Separation/Purification Division

South Washington Conservation Corridor, Cottage Grove
Thursday, October 4, 12:30p to 4:30p (supervisors arrive at 11:30a!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? No

A small group pf employees from another 3M Division (Separation and Purification Sciences) will be helping to continue restoration at the Cedarhurst Meadows and Ravine Parkway entrances to the South Washington Conservation Corridor. Restoration work is TBD, but there will likely be quite a bit of walking involved in this event on both paved trails and into hilly floodplain prairies.

Partners & Funders: 3M Gives, 3M Separation and Purification Division, and South Washington Conservation District.

Floodplain Tree Planting

Mickelson Easement, Cambridge
Saturday, October 6, 9:00am to 1:00pm (supervisors arrive at 8:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

Help plant groves of floodplain trees in this former farm along the Rum River. Work will prevent soil from eroding into the Rum River and re-establish the floodplain forest that once dominated this space.

Partners & Funders: The Nature Conservancy and Isanti County.

Seed Collection and SWWD 25th Anniversary

South Washington Conservation Corridor, Woodbury
Thursday, October 11, 2:00p to 4:00p (supervisors arrive at 1:00p!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

2018 is South Washington Watershed District’s 25th Anniversary. SWWD is a longterm partner of GRG’s, so let’s celebrate with them at the future site of South Washington Conservation Corridor’s nature center! The entire event will run from 2-6 pm, with the first half being a seed collection volunteer event and the second half with food, a big tent, and an open house to learn more about the District.

Partners & Funders: South Washington Watershed District and Washington Conservation District.

Planting on Minnehaha Creek

Minnehaha Creek Preserve, Saint Louis Park
Saturday, October 13, 9:00am to 12:30pm (supervisors arrive at 8:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

Plant shrubs and podcast milkweed seeds in a continued effort to restore one of the largest urban streams in the Twin Cities! In 2013 this segment of the creek was re-meandered and in 2015 the stream segment and the 39 acres surrounding it officially opened to the public as Minnehaha Preserve, fit with trails and boardwalks! Minnehaha Preserve manages polluted stormwater from 80 acres of surrounding area that previously flowed untreated into the creek.
Learn more about the on-going Minnehaha Greenway projects >

Partners & Funders: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, City of Saint Louis Park, and Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Savanna Restoration with 3M

Larson Savanna, Grey Cloud Island
Thursday, October 18, 12:30p to 3:30p (supervisors arrive at 11:30a!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

3M employees and their families are joining us again for the start of MEA weekend! We’ll be at the Larson Savanna (part of Aggregate Industries property) on Lower Grey Cloud Island to plant plugs of various milkweed and woodland/savanna plants and remove buckthorn from the edges of the restored area.

Partners & Funders: 3M, Aggregate Industries, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Conservation Fund.