Volunteer Supervisor Registration

 

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.

Required: Completion of the Basic Supervisor Training session (2 hrs.). Volunteer Supervisors are able to shadow more experienced supervisors at Great River Greening restoration events until training is completed. The next Volunteer Supervisor Training is yet to be scheduled. Learn More >

Public Fall 2017 Events are here!

 
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.

Public Events

The final public event of 2017 has passed. Thank you to all who participated!
Watch for updates on Winter and Spring opportunities.

Private Events

Thomson Reuters at SWCC, Cottage Grove

Friday, October 20, from noon to 3:30pm (supervisors arrive at 11:00a)
Supervisors Needed:
1-2
Difficulty level: Moderate
Lunch/snacks provided: Yes, lunch

Join us for an event with Thomson Reuters to complete the project started with Andersen Corp on Sept 22. We’ll be at the southern end of the South Washington Conservation Corridor (SWCC) for this event, at a spot we’re calling Cedarhurst (near Cedarhurst Meadow Park and the Cedarhurst Mansion) – this will be the third volunteer event we’ve ever held at this portion of the corridor and we’ll be planting trees.

Field Learning for Teens

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. Volunteer Supervisors assist these events by leading small groups of students in short sessions. Generally, supervisors either lead restoration or field technology sessions.

Past/Full Summer 2017 Events

Girl Scouts Connectz – St. Paul Hispanic Troops

St. Paul (Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary or Willow Reserve)
Friday, October 27, 8:30a to 12:30p
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!

Join a group of approximately 30 girls from St. Paul Girl Scouts Connectz Hispanic troops at a park in St. Paul. Introduce the girls to the environmental science field and guide their learning as they get their hands dirty in nature.

Private event with 3M at Fish Creek Open Space, Maplewood

Thursday, Oct 19, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm (supervisors arrive at 11:30a)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Difficulty level: Easy
Lunch/snacks provided: Yes

Come enjoy the gorgeous fall colors that Fish Creek Open Space has to offer! We’ll be working with 50 3M employees and their families to plant small wildflowers and grasses in a basin near the entrance to the park, possibly also seeding the edges of trails that were constructed in fall 2016.

Buckthorn Bust in Wolsfeld Woods

Wolsfeld Woods SNA, Long Lake
Saturday, October 14, 9:30am to 1:30pm (supervisors arrive at 8:30am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event has passed, thank you!
Difficulty level: Moderate (Volunteers will walk 1/2 mile to work site. Some areas are steep.)
Lunch/snacks provided: Yes

Join GRG and 100 restoration volunteers to remove invasive buckthorn from the best remaining metro-area example of the Big Woods habitat that once covered south-central Minnesota. The closed canopy created by the huge trees in these woods allows only the most shade-tolerant shrubs and fords to survive, and wild flowers must bloom in early spring while the sun still reaches the forest floor – all the more important we bust the early growing buckthorn! Wolsfeld Woods is a Minnesota-owned Scientific and Natural Area, set aside to protect the natural plant and animal community and for scientific and educational purposes. The large sugar maples in 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, 8:30a to noon (supervisors leave after lunch has been served, though are welcome to stay until the event fully ends at 1:30p)
Supervisors Needed:
This event has passed, thank you!

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.

Tree Planting in Victoria Park

Victoria Park, Saint Paul
Saturday, October 7, 9:00am to 1:00pm (supervisors arrive at 8:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event has passed, thank you!
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Lunch/snacks provided: Yes

Join GRG and 150 restoration volunteers to continue enhancing the new park in Saint Paul’s West Seventh Street neighborhood! Victoria Park replaces an brownfield with much-needed green space, access to the Mississippi riverfront, and connections to other parks. All volunteers will plant trees to help build resilience and diversity in our floodplain forests. Some will plant 10,000 small plugs of wildflowers and grasses in the wetlands and others will plant large 10# or 15# potted trees. All spaces are easy to get to (not too long of a walk), but some work is more labor intensive than other work.

This project is made possible with the support from City of Saint Paul and Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund.

National Public Lands Day!

Allemansrätt Wilderness Park, Lindström
Saturday, September 30, 9:00am to 1:00pm (supervisors arrive at 8:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event has passed. Thank you!
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Lunch/snacks provided: Yes

Join GRG and 100 restoration volunteers as we plant trees in the eastern peninsula of Allemansrätt Wilderness Park. Efforts will be to reforest an old family farm, now a part of the park. Named after a Swedish term meaning the citizens right of public access to wilderness, Allemansrätt Wilderness Park is a 125-acre city park that is 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.

Renewal by Andersen at SWCC, Cottage Grove

Friday, Sept 22, from 11:15am to 2:30pm (supervisors arrive at 10:30a)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Lunch/snacks provided: No

Join us for another Andersen Corporation (of Andersen Windows) Nature Preservation Day, this time with their Renewal by Andersen (Cottage Grove) facilities! We’ll be at the southern end of the South Washington Conservation Corridor (SWCC) for this event, at a spot we’re calling Cedarhurst (near Cedarhurst Meadow Park and the Cedarhurst Mansion) – this will be the second volunteer event we’ve ever held at this portion of the corridor and we’ll be planting trees.

Andersen Corporation at Prospect Park, Hudson WI

Thursday, Sept 21, from 11:45am to 3:00pm (supervisors arrive at 11a)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Difficulty level: Moderate
Lunch/snacks provided: No

Join us for a Nature Preservation Day Andersen Corporation’s (of Andersen Windows) Bayport facilities employees! This is the second year we’ve brought this group out to Prospect Park and we’ll again 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.

Private event with Xcel Energy at Rogers Lake Park, Mendota Heights

Saturday, Sept 9, from 8:00am to 11:00am (supervisors arrive at 7a)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Difficulty level: Moderate to Strenuous

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.

Private event with CBRE at Rogers Lake Park, Mendota Heights

Wednesday, July 26, 9:00am to noon (supervisors arrive at 8am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Difficulty level: Moderate

Join GRG and a group from CBRE (a real estate group) for the second event at Rogers Lake Park. This group has volunteered with us in the past in Mendota Heights, mainly at Pilot Knob. We will be hauling and stacking (mostly pre-cut) buckthorn. This community park is widely used as lake access to great fishing and for it’s paved walking trails. We’ll be hauling and stacking buckthorn (mostly pre-cut) along the main trail. Work completed will help to stabilize the shoreline of the lake, increase diversity of plant life, and create a viewing window through the buckthorn to the lake!

Private event with University of MN at Rogers Lake Park, Mendota Heights

Thursday, July 20, 9:00am to noon (supervisors arrive at 8am!)
Supervisors Needed:
this event is full, thank you!
Difficulty level: Moderate

Rogers Lake Park is a new project site for Great River Greening. We intended to hold the first volunteer event here this June, but unfortunately, it was cancelled. SO, join us for our true first volunteer event here! We will be working with a group of staff from the University of Minnesota. This community park is widely used as lake access to great fishing and for it’s paved walking trails. We’ll be hauling and stacking buckthorn (mostly pre-cut) along the main trail. Work completed will help to stabilize the shoreline of the lake, increase diversity of plant life, and create a viewing window through the buckthorn to the lake!