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

Floodplain Tree Planting

Mickelson Easement, Cambridge
Saturday, October 6, 9:00am to 1:00pm (supervisors arrive at 8:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
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.

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:
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.

Open Private Events

Buckthorn Bust with Thomson Reuters

Rogers Lake Park, Mendota Heights
Date and time still TBD – End of August – coming soon!
Supervisors Needed:
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.

Savanna Restoration with 3M

Larson Savanna, Grey Cloud Island
Thursday, October 18, 12:30p to 3:30p (supervisors arrive at 11:30a!)
Supervisors Needed:
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.

Open Field Learning for Teens Events

Check back for updates soon!

Soon to be scheduled: Wellstone International High School, Humboldt High School, Laura Jeffrey Academy.

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.

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.

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