We can achieve great things through partnership and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is a partnership park. Our park covers 72 miles of the Mississippi River and runs through the heart of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The majority of the land within the park boundary is owned by the state of Minnesota, counties, or cities. This means that two of our three events for National Public Lands Day required collaboration with our county partners. We are fortunate to work with so many dedicated partners who help us achieve our mission.
As I mentioned in our NPLD planting guide (previous post), our volunteers contributed over 965 hours worth of habitat restoration work at our National Public Land Day events. Our volunteers helped restore native prairie and oak savanna habitat. This included planting trees, shrubs, and forbes. Volunteers give us more than their time, they also bring their skills and expertise.
In the case of our first National Public Lands Day event at Riverfront Regional Park in Anoka County, Surly Co. Company and Dangerous Man Brewing Co. hosted an event: “100 years, 100 Beers, 100 Volunteers”. The video created for this event was made by The Drone Guys MN who volunteered their time and expertise for the event*.
What unique skills could you contribute when you volunteer?
* NOTE: Drone use is banned in sites run by the National Park Service. Riverfront Regional Park is run by Anoka County. Many parks and protected areas have done restrictions, so check regulations before using your drone.