Volunteer Supervisor Registration

Spring 2018 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

Invasives Bust with MN Public Radio

Valley Park, Mendota Heights
Saturday, April 28, 9:00am to noon (supervisors arrive at 8:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
10
Food Provided? Yes

This is a VERY new event to the list and is still being organized/sussed out. We intend to work with approximately 200 MPR (Minnesota Public Radio – The Current, MPR News, MPR Classical) employees and community members to bust some buckthorn and garlic mustard out of Valley Park, a beautiful, heavily wooded, and much loved city park in Mendota Heights. After clearing spaces, we’ll also seed to help the next phase of restoration. Greening has been working at this site and with the City of Mendota Heights for a number of years now and we’re excited to showcase work that has already been completed and to the importance of continuing restoration maintenance.

Partners & Funders: Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media,

Milkweed Planting at WMA

Rice Area Sportsmans Club Wildlife Management Area, Little Falls (nearer to Buckman)
Thursday, May 17, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Supervisors Needed:
4
Food Provided? No

Join Great River Greening at the first public event at the RASC Wildlife Management Area. This natural encompasses 580 acres of sandplain prairie, wetlands, oak woodlands, and rare oak savanna in Morrison County, near the town of Buckman. Volunteers will hike into the property to plant 2,500 butterfly weed seedlings in the prairie and savanna to re-introduce this important Monarch host-plant to the site. As you may have noticed, this event is non-traditional in timing.

Partners and Funders: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, Ramsey County Correctional Facility, Bailey Nursery, and MN DNR.

Woodland Planting on the Minnesota River

Izaak Walton League, Bloomington
Saturday, May 19, 8:30am to 12:30pm (supervisors arrive at 7:30am!)
Supervisors Needed:
2
Food Provided? Yes

More detailed information to come – we’ll be planting plugs and seeding under the thick woodland canopy, the same space we removed garlic mustard, buckthorn, and debris from in spring 2017.

Partners & Funders: Izaak Walton League and Outdoor Heritage Fund

St. Cloud Woodland Invasive Removal

Talahi Woods, St. Cloud
Wednesday, May 23, 12:30pm to 4:30pm (supervisors arrive at 11:30am!)
Supervisors Needed:
2
Food Provided? Yes

Join in for this habitat restoration event at Talahi Woods! Already a lot has been done to remove older growth invasive shrubs (like buckthorn), but we need your help to continue the effort with invasive plants that are easier to manage by hand. Work involved at this will be determined by what is most prevalent, but may include garlic mustard pulling, burdock spiking, buckthorn pulling, etc. This event is open to 30 individuals.

Partners and Funders: St. Cloud State University, South East St. Cloud Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, Connexus, and Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Planting in a New Regional Park

Doyle Kennefick Regional Park, Elko New Market
Saturday, June 9, 8:30am to 12:30pm (supervisors arrive at 7:30am!)
Supervisors Needed:
8
Food Provided? Yes

We’re finally having another event at Doyle Kennefick! In 2014, nearly 150 volunteers helped to clean up weedy and invasive plants from the wetland edge and oak dominated woodlands here. At this event, we’ll be planting native wildflowers and grasses into these invasive managed spaces AND we’ll release milkweed seeds via a ‘podcast’!

Volunteers collected the pods during our immensely successful Million Milkweed Seed Initiative. Many of the seeds have been propagated and will be planted this season. But the pods still have plenty of seeds in the fluff, perfect for casting in fertile areas, hence a ‘podcast’! See this initiative featured on
Grow with KARE 11.

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

Willow Staking on 7 Mile Creek

Seven Mile Creek Park, St. Peter
Saturday, June 16, time tentative: 8:30a to 12:30p (supervisors at 7:30am!)
Supervisors Needed:
3
Food Provided? Yes

We’ve rescheduled the event that was cancelled in late March due to weather! Join us to cut and plant/stake willow shrubs along Seven Mile Creek shoreline, just before it meets the Minnesota River. This work will help migrate healthy populations of willow to bare shoreline areas that are under threat of erosion.

Partners and Funders: Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership, Nicollet Soil and Water Conservation District, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, CHS Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and Rahr Corporation.

Open Private Events

Arbor Day Woodland Restoration with 3M

Valley Park, Mendota Heights
Friday, April 27, 12:30p to 4:00p (supervisors arrive at 11:30a!)
Supervisors Needed:
4
Food Provided? Yes

Join this Arbor Day event to restore a current woodland! We’ll bust some buckthorn and garlic mustard and plant native grasses and forbs into the cleared spaces. Valley Park is full of rolling hills (and oak knobs!), paved trails, a meandering creek, and so much love from the community. Greening has been working at this site and with the City of Mendota Heights for a number of years now and we’re excited to showcase work that has already been completed and to the importance of continuing restoration maintenance.

Partners & Funders: 3M

Tree Planting with Aveda – AM Shift

Martin’s Meadows, Andover
Tuesday, May 15, 9:00a to noon (supervisors arrive at 8am!)
Supervisors Needed:
2
Food Provided? No

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.

Partners & Funders: Aveda, HandsOn Twin Cities

Tree Planting with Aveda – PM Shift

Martin’s Meadows, Andover
Tuesday, May 15, 1:00p to 4:00p (supervisors arrive at noon!)
Supervisors Needed:
4
Food Provided? No

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.

Partners & Funders: Aveda, HandsOn Twin Cities

Tree Planting for Rotary District Conference

Crosby Farm Park Extension, St. Paul
Saturday, May 19, 1:00pm to 5:00pm (supervisors arrive at noon!)
Supervisors Needed:
4
Food Provided? No

As a part of the Rotary District Conference, 75 Rotarians will join us to increase biodiversity and restore canopy cover at Crosby Farm Park Extension. This work will take place in conjunction with the work at the June 2 public event here.

Crosby Farm Regional Park is a much loved park in St. Paul, boasting floodplain forests, wetlands, Mississippi shoreline, and an extensive trail system. This event will take place in the new extension of this property, located on the east side of 35E. This extension will link the main part of Crosby Farm Park and Victoria Park. Volunteers will help plant native tree seedlings to enhance the floodplain forest here and help mitigate for loss of native ash tree canopy cover.

Partners & Funders: Rotary District 5950, City of Saint Paul, Capitol Region Watershed District, Outdoor Heritage Fund, and RBC Blue Water Fund.

Buckthorn Bust with MACP

Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park
Thursday, June 21, time TBD
Supervisors Needed:
3
Food Provided? No

Join us at Westwood Hills Nature Center to continue efforts to clear these beautiful woodlands of buckthorn and other invasive shrubs. We’ll be hauling and stacking pre-cut buckthorn so that the Nature Center and the City of St. Louis Park can haul out the brush (fun fact: brush will likely go to District Energy to fuel electricity!)

Partners & Funders: HandsOn Twin Cities, MACP, Westwood Hills Nature Center, City of St. Louis Park.

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

Laura Jeffrey Academy

Site to be determined, St. Paul
Tuesday, May 22, 9:45a to 2:00p (supervisors needed from approx. 9:30a to 12:30p)
Activities:
TBD restoration project and water quality activity.
Take Aways: TBD (water quality related)
Supervisors Needed: 4
Food Provided? Yes

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

Wellstone International High School – Science Students

Site to be determined, St. Paul
Tentative: Thursday, May 31, 8:30a to noon (supervisors needed from 8a to noon)
Activities:
TBD restoration project and water quality activity
Take Aways: connections to natural space, importance of natural space, and connections to climate change/climate science
Supervisors Needed: 7
Food Provided? No

The students participating in this event are all from Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis – this school serves new immigrants to the country (demographics are mostly East African, East Asian, and Mexican/South American). At this event, students will be attending from the schools Ecology of Minnesota and Women Empowerment classes. Students in these classes have been at Wellstone/in the US for a few years and speak fairly fluent English, though there may be interpreters present to assist. Students are specifically studying climate science/climate change and are conducting a climate change project at the end of their school year.

Past/Full 2018 Events

Buckthorn Bonfire!

Allemansrätt Wilderness Park, Lindström
Saturday, February 10, 11:00am to 2:00pm (supervisors arrive at 10:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event has passed. Thank you!

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!

Volunteers at this exciting event will haul, limb, and stack pre-cut buckthorn brush into burn piles. The piles will be lit and volunteers will feed and maintain the fire under direction of Volunteer Supervisors. This is a great method to remove cut buckthorn brush from the landscape AND kill any attached seed, which will help the slow buckthorn populations in future years. Supervisors will orchestrate the pace and quality of fire maintenance, make sure volunteers are working safely, keep the fire going, and make sure everyone can have fun! Burning experience is not required for Supervisors attending this event, but it is beneficial.

Partners & Funders: City of Lindström, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Pollinator Habitat Enhancement

Pilot Knob Preservation Site, Mendota Heights
Saturday, May 5, 8:30am to 12:30pm (supervisors arrive at 7:30am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

This 25-acre natural area in Mendota Heights features dramatic views of both Twin Cities’ skylines, and Minnesota and Mississippi River Valleys. It was recently added to the Historical Registry, and is also a host site for the endangered Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee. Over the past eleven years, Great River Greening has engaged hundreds of volunteers to bring prairie and oak savanna back to this land; and, since 2014, survey its Bumble Bee population.

At this planting event, volunteers will restore the prairie with native pollinator shrubs and release milkweed seeds into a recently burned area through a ‘podcast’! Volunteers collected the pods during our immensely successful Million Milkweed Seed Initiative. Many of the seeds have been propagated and will be planted this season, but the pods still have plenty of seeds in the fluff, perfect for casting in fertile areas, hence a ‘podcast’! See this initiative featured on
Grow with KARE 11.

Partners & Funders: City of Mendota Heights, Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, and Union Pacific Foundation.

Minneapolis South High’s All Nations Students

Pilot Knob Preservation Site, Mendota Heights
Wednesday, May 16, 9:15a to 3:00p (supervisors needed from approx. 8:30a to 1p)
Activities:
TBD restoration project and GIS activity.
Take Aways: Native American connections, history, cultural significance of site and of connection to nature
Supervisors Needed: 1=This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

Lead small groups of students from the science classes in the All Nations track at Minneapolis South High School. There will be 50+ students attending and we will be reaching out to Native American elders who are connected to this area (the bdote) to lead one of the rotating activities.

Humboldt High School’s Science and Agriculture Students

Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, St. Paul
Friday, May 25. Time yet to be determined.
Activities:
prairie restoration, water quality activity
Take Aways: connections between prairie health, prairie systems (biodiversity, pollinators, insects as predators of common crop pests, etc.), and their connections to agriculture and water quality
Supervisors Needed: This event is full, thank you!
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.

Neighborhood Green Space Pollinator Planting

Woodbury Pollinator Corridor, Woodbury
Wednesday, May 30, 10:00am to 2:00pm (supervisors arrive at 9:00am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

More details to come, but we are looking for 50 volunteers to join us in planting 5,000 wildflowers and grasses in a corridor that runs between two neighborhoods. This space is a much needed corridor for pollinators and other animals in a heavily developed area and boasts trails down the corridor for walking and biking. In the future, these planted areas will have signage to educate passers by of their importance for pollinators, water quality, and other environmental issues. These plantings will also serve as a small native seed source for Great River Greening and the City of Woodbury!

Partners and Funders: City of Woodbury, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Butler Family Foundation, Andersen Corporate Foundation, Hardenbergh Foundation, 3M Foudation, and Ecolab Foundation.

Mississippi Floodplain Planting

Crosby Farm Park Extension, St. Paul
Saturday, June 2, 8:30am to 12:30pm (supervisors arrive at 7:30am!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

Crosby Farm Regional Park is a much loved park in St. Paul, boasting floodplain forests, wetlands, Mississippi shoreline, and an extensive trail system. This event will take place in the new extension of this property, located on the east side of 35E. This extension will link the main part of Crosby Farm Park and Victoria Park. Volunteers will help plant native tree seedlings to enhance the floodplain forest here and help mitigate for loss of native ash tree canopy cover.

Partners & Funders: City of Saint Paul, Capitol Region Watershed District, Outdoor Heritage Fund, and RBC Blue Water Fund.

Tree Planting with Ecolab and other Corporate Groups

Victoria Park, St. Paul
Thursday, June 7, 1:00pm to 4:30pm (supervisors arrive at noon!)
Supervisors Needed:
This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? No

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

Partners & Funders: Ecolab, The Nature Conservancy and City of Saint Paul.

Youth Apprenticeship Program at Urban Boatbuilders (St. Paul)

Site to be determined, St. Paul
Monday, June 25 – supervisors from 2:00 – 5:15p (supervisors needed from approx. 1:30p to 5:00p)
Activities:
TBD restoration project and water quality chemistry testing activity
Take Aways: Daily life connection to freshwater sources, forest ecology.
Supervisors Needed: This event is full, thank you!
Food Provided? Yes

Lead small groups of youth from the apprenticeship program with Urban Boatbuilders. There are roughly 20 youth total in the program, so we will have a very small group. This event will help to connect their school/in-class knowledge, their work at Urban Boatbuilders (literally building canoes!), recreational use of fresh water, and the importance for high quality natural spaces for our freshwater resources.

Partners & Funders: Urban Boatbuilders, Capitol Region Watershed District,