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MN Nature Volunteer & Week Activities April 16-21

MN Nature in St Paul, MN, wants to wish you a Happy Earth Day! Check out the free events throughout the state here. Earth Day is Sunday April 22, 2018. The theme is End Plastic Pollution. Contact your local city or neighborhood group to find events in your area, or start a clean-up or trash pick-up group of your own for your favorite park, green space, river, lake, or neighborhood!


April 20-21

Earth Day Run

St Cloud, MN


Saturday, April 21

City-wide Spring Parks Clean-up St Paul 9AM-11AM.

City-wide Spring Parks Clean-up Mineapolis

Earth Day Celebration! Spicer, MN

Earth Day Celebration! Roseville, MN

Earth Day Celebration! Wargo, MN

More Earth Day Celebrations, by city

Lake Maria Orienteering Meet $$$ Sign up by April 19
Pre-register $11: Adults $10 (Day of $15 Adults, $13 Juniors), -$3 for orienteering club members: Juniors Orienteering – a sport for families, hikers, and endurance athletes of all ages!Lake Maria is a 1756-acre park that is home to one of the few remaining stands of the ‘Big Woods’ forests in Minnesota. The park features rolling hills, kettle depressions, and ridges – perfect terrain for a challenging orientee ring meet! Meet at the visitors’ center for check-in and start/finish locations.

Lake Maria State Park is located west of Monticello, MN.


April 23

Mississippi River Clean-Up

10-Noon Help clean up the Coon Rapids Dam Park for Earth Day. Sign-up.

Coon Rapids


Volunteer opportunities…

April 21

MNOC Orienteering Club
It takes a handful of volunteers to make each of our events successful. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please see our Volunteering page. And as a reward, you’ll get a free race entry the next regular event you choose.

9:30 AM Friends of the Mississippi River, Annual Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup: Mississippi River Gorge along West River Parkway Minneapolis


Upcoming events…

May 2

Water Action Day


It’s confirmed: Gov. Mark Dayton, former Senator David Durenberger and Winona LaDuke — the activist internationally renowned for her work on clean water, sustainable energy and food systems — will speak at the Water Action Day rally in the Capitol rotunda!

Join Friends of the Mississippi River Wednesday, May 2 for Minnesota’s day of public action and advocacy to let lawmakers know “To honor and respect the waters is our responsibility as people of the land. – Winona LaDukewe care about our water and how they can help protect it. Sign up!


May 19

Arbor Celebration

St Paul, MN


Discussion Topic:

Is it time to remove dams from the Mississippi River gorge?

The Ford spillway. Dam removal discussions are ramping up in the Twin Cities, and for good reason. Just as the Army Corps of Engineers embarks on a study to determine future ownership and operation of the locks and dams in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Mississippi river gorge was named to the 2018 list of American Rivers “10 Most Endangered Rivers.” Learn more, including FMR’s position and recent media coverage.

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