Earth Day and beyond: Celebrate and steward the river this spring!

A family of volunteers at the 2022 Earth Day cleanup

Whether you're looking to get outside, join an indoor event or advocate online, FMR offers many opportunities to help the river this Earth Day and beyond!

Spring and Earth Day will be here before we know it! Join our big traditional cleanup or celebrate throughout the season at volunteer habitat restoration, education and advocacy events (in-person or online). 

Join the Earth Day cleanup 

As part of the larger citywide Minneapolis Earth Day cleanup, FMR's river gorge cleanup has become an annual family-friendly tradition. Hundreds of people from nearby neighborhoods and community groups come together to celebrate Earth Day and contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River. This year's event is on Saturday, April 20.

To join the cleanup and experience the beauty of the river gorge, simply show up between 9:30 a.m. and noon at either location (E 36th St & W River Parkway for individuals and groups under 10 people, or E 44th St & W River Parkway for groups of 10-20). FMR staff will sign you in and provide all the supplies you'll need. However, if you have your own work gloves, feel free to bring them. (They may fit better.) We strongly suggest wearing sturdy shoes and dressing in layers for the weather. And we suggest bringing your own water bottle and sunscreen. 

Schedule your storm drain stenciling outing

May-October, we stencil storm drains on St. Paul streets with educational messages. Storm drain stenciling is a great activity for families, clubs, classes and groups to get outside and help the Mississippi River. We also offer kits that make it easy for groups of 20 or fewer to volunteer independently.

Beyond Earth Day: help restore habitat 

Earth Day is important, but we often need helping hands at later spring habitat restoration events. We particularly need volunteers in May and June at natural areas around the Twin Cities! Check our events listings or sign up for Mississippi Messages to receive our event calendar and updates each month.

Volunteers are welcome to participate just once or join us throughout the season. No experience is necessary. If you volunteer at four or more, you become an FMR SuperVolunteer!

Advocate for the river, Earth Day and every day

Earth Day lands in the middle of Minnesota's legislative session. You can take action on FMR's legislative priorities by becoming a River Guardian advocate now. Sign up to receive invitations to advocacy opportunities this Earth Day and beyond, as well as in-person events, like community meetings and social hours.

Help the river all year

We hope you'll celebrate the river with us this spring, in whatever ways work for you! If you're looking for even more ways to help the river, here are 30 more ideas throughout the year.

Whether it's through volunteering, advocating, donating or taking action at home, we're grateful for all you do. Thanks for caring for our metro Mississippi River!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nicollet Island, Minneapolis
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific & Natural Area, Inver Grove Heights