How to Help a Big River

By Anna Waugh, Project Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

The Mississippi River Fund connects people to the Mississippi River through river experiences and builds support for our national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. 

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The Mississippi River Fund is a member of the Mississippi River Network. Comprised of nearly 50 non-profits from the ten states that border the Mississippi River, each organization has a different mission – but we all work toward a broader goal of a healthier Mississippi River. When these partners work well together the collective impact of all of our missions help us accomplish even larger goals. 

A few years back when the Mississippi River Fund joined the network, we got in on the ground floor of their 1 Mississippi Campaign. The campaign engages regular citizens with the river and asks them to take small but meaningful actions that impact the river’s health. Here in the Twin Cities, there are many ways to get involved – from championing policies that support water quality to volunteer events that support critical habitat. And that’s good news because according to a recent MinnPost article, the Mississippi River is crucial to the future of the MSP region

Each member organization helps people connect to the river in different ways. And we all know that it will take a lot of actions from many people and organizations. At the Mississippi River Fund, we have great opportunities to help the river and explore it year round – we hope you’ll join us. 

Here’s how:

Get to Know the River
Explore the Mississippi River. Check out for a list of just some of the great programs and events in our national park on the Mississippi River! Attend the upcoming Mississippi River Forum field trip to the City of Minneapolis’ Water Treatment Plant. Or get outside for a family-friendly snowshoe event at Coldwater Spring, our newest national park site, just minutes south of Minnehaha Falls. Thanks to REI for their support of Coldwater Spring.

Volunteer on the River 

Join us for an upcoming River Action Volunteer Event (RAVE). These fun volunteer events pair a recreational activity like snowshoeing, canoeing, or rafting, with a habitat restoration event. On our February 8th Snowshoe RAVE, we’ll go to Macalester College’s Ordway Field Station for a snowshoe hike and to remove invasive plants from the prairie. Thanks to Patagonia  for their support of the RAVE program. 

Want to wait for warmer weather? Sign up your church, school, or corporate group today for a fun volunteer outing on the river this summer. We are taking applications now for volunteer groups interested in half-day volunteer events in our national park. Call 651-291-9119 for more information or visit our  volunteer page.

Don’t see something you’d love to do? Check out other ways to support us or find other actions to help the River with one of our partners through the 1 Mississippi Campaign.