Service Project Opportunities
Individual and group ongoing and short-term opportunities are available for a variety of ages and skills.
Adopt a Woodlot
Forests provide food and habitat for wildlife, provide clean water, and remove air pollution. However, these important areas are being compromised by invasive species. Help Three Rivers Natural Resources staff suppress and remove invasive plant species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard, and exotic honeysuckle by adopting a woodlot.
This group volunteer opportunity is a two-year commitment. Groups are expected to schedule at least two removal events each year, between April and October. To get started, interested groups should review the instructions and complete the application form and submit it to the Volunteer Office.
Learn more about Adopt a Woodlot in this Minnesota Bound segment.
Adopt a Garden
Help keep the gardens and landscape areas around Three Rivers looking beautiful. The horticulture staff appreciates the help volunteers provide by weeding and cleaning up these important areas at the parks.
This group volunteer opportunity is a two-year commitment. Groups are asked to schedule at least two clean up sessions per month between April 15 and October 15. To get started, interested groups should review the instructions and look at the list of available gardens. Then groups can complete the application form and submit it to the Volunteer Office.
Adopt a Trail
With more than 145 miles of regional trails, volunteers are a vital part of the trail maintenance team. Through the Adopt A Trail program, groups of volunteers provide clean-up along a designated section of a trail, including on the trail itself, the trail shoulder, ditch and the taller vegetation beyond the trail.
This group volunteer opportunity is a two-year commitment. Groups are asked to schedule at least two clean up sessions between April 1 and November 14. Interested groups should review the instructions and look at a list of available trails. Then groups can complete the application form and submit it to the Volunteer Office.
Seasonal Service Projects
Groups or individuals seeking service projects to benefit the environment should consider the following possibilities:
Rapid Response & Early Detection Team for Invasives (R²ED)
Email Emily.Dunlap@ThreeRiversParks.org for more information.
Invasive Blitz Events
These are announced on the Natural Resources Facebook Page
Upcoming Service Projects and Events
Gale Woods Farm Projects: Spring-Fall. For middle school age and older. Email Anne.Sheridan@ThreeRiversParks.org for more information.
Prairie Seed Collection: Summer–Fall
Invasive Species Removal: Fall and Spring
Global Youth Service Day: Global Youth Service Day is an international effort of service and service learning. 2021 projects have now passed. Previous Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects include: preparing trails and gardens for spring, tending to early season crops, learning about habitat restoration and removing invasive buckthorn or garlic mustard, and supporting zero waste efforts at a Three Rivers Park District Signature Race. GYSD projects are open to those ages 12 through college. Registration required. Free to participate. All supplies and training are provided. For questions, contact Katie Brom.
Volunteers are needed to help with registration, activities, water stops and more.