2013 Community Volunteer Events
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Como Park - Garlic Mustard Removal
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Volunteers Needed: 75
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Volunteers are needed to help remove garlic mustard in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom. Garlic Mustard is an invasive species that poses a threat to other native wildlife in the surrounding area. For more information regarding garlic mustard and why it's invasive, check out the Minnesota DNR webpage. The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Natural Resources Unit will be on hand to kickoff the event, provide training, and educate community members about the project. This is a fun family friendly event.
The Como classroom provides environmental education and historical interpretation for school children and adults, habitat for native wildlife, and an urban woodland oasis for the inner-city community where local place-based, hands-on environmental learning opportunities are rare.
Blooming Saint Paul Day - Full
Indian Mounds Regional Park Brush Haul & Cleanup (Hosted by Friends of the Mississippi River)
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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In an ongoing effort to promote volunteerism and the beautification of Saint Paul, the Parks and Recreation Department has decided to host a new event titled Blooming Saint Paul Day. The purpose of this event is to recruit new and current volunteers to assist in cleaning and preparing various garden locations for the summer months.
Tasks may include: weeding, removing dead vegetation, mulching, installing new plant material, and more!
Volunteers are asked to supply their own gardening tools. The Parks and Recreation Department will be supplying the mulch and other materials needed.
Saturday, June 8, 2013 — 9:30-11:30 am
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Alongside FMR and Saint Paul Parks staff, volunteers will haul and stack invasive brush, including European buckthorn — the non-native woody species that degrades our local native plant communities and wildlife habitat — on the overlook slope. By the end of the event should be able to see a real difference. Removing the invasive brush will open up sight lines to a spectacular vista of the Mississippi River valley. This will also open the canopy and make room for a native prairie planting planned for 2014. The prairie plants will help anchor the soil on the steep bluff, preventing erosion and filtering stormwater runoff while improving wildlife habitat.
June 8th, volunteers will also spend some time pulling invasive garlic mustard and weeding and tending to the native shrubs planted on the west side of the overlook last year, as well as picking up trash that may have accumulated over the winter.
Tools, gloves and water will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to work on steep and uneven terrain. While most FMR activities are family friendly, due to the tools and terrain this particular event is not suitable for small children.