Learn how to protect the environment
As we get out and make tracks, let’s remember our footprint. Three Rivers is dedicated to preserving native plant communities, wildlife diversity and water quality throughout the region. With your help, Three Rivers will inspire a future generation of environmental stewards.
The Three Rivers Park District Natural Resources Management department is responsible for restoring and protecting natural resources—such as native plant communities, wildlife diversity and water quality—in Three Rivers' park reserves and regional parks. Our Natural Resources section includes Forestry Management, Horticulture and Landscape Management, Water Resources Management and Wildlife Management.
The Three Rivers policy for the planning and management of natural resources allows no more than 20 percent of a park reserve to be developed for active use and requires that at least 80 percent of the park reserve be restored to and retained in a natural state.
In keeping with this policy, Three Rivers is actively involved in the preservation and restoration of wildlife and plant species.
The Wandering Naturalist
Get a European historical perspective on the fear of wilderness; listen to a discussion about what animals, if any, you might fear in parks (and how to stay safe); and learn how you can address fears that show up when trying new recreational activities.
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By: John Moriarty
From securing permits to making sure habitat is just right, a lot of work goes into bringing new butterflies into our parks. Learn all about the process of reintroducing butterflies, our past successes and which butterflies we hope to introduce into our parks in the future.
By: Angela Grill
Understanding how our bumblebee populations are changing and why helps us determine how we can best support them. Read on to learn all about how we conduct bumblebee surveys in our parks and what you can do to help collect valuable bumblebee data.
By: Katie Brom
Since 1988, Gene Lau has given more than 10,000 hours of his time to Three Rivers — more than any other volunteer we've had. Learn all about Gene's volunteer roles, why he enjoys it and how he ended up contributing so much time.
There are plenty of ways to volunteer in cooperation with the Three Rivers Department of Natural Resources. Put your time to good use by helping to protect and enrich our earth!
News from Natural Resources
Three Rivers is removing trees and shrubs in Elm Creek Park Reserve as part of a prairie restoration project.
Learn about bumblebee research being conducted by Three Rivers on a recent episode of Minnesota Bound.
The Star Tribune talked to Three Rivers staff and volunteers and others about prairie seed collecting.