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Volunteer

Volunteers are a crucial component in many areas of park operation. We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities throughout Minneapolis-Saint Paul and the surrounding communities. Most options do not require training or a lengthy time commitment and welcome drop-in volunteers. It’s a great way to meet others, as well as a fun and rewarding way to spend the day.

 
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Volunteer Opportunity Highlight

Take Me to the River Field Trip Assistant

Volunteers are needed to help park rangers engage 4th grade students in an orienteering scavenger hunt, fire building activity, and/or shelter building activity and help with set up, take-down, and transitions between stations. This opportunity requires quite a bit of walking and student engagement (park rangers will lead all stations). The time with students is about 3.5 hours which includes a 20 min lunch break. We need 5-6 volunteers each day. A Volunteer Training will be held on October 2nd between 9:00am - 11:00am (required for new Take Me to the River volunteers).

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Coldwater Spring Restoration Crew

Want to drop in and get your hands dirty while restoring river habitat? The Coldwater Spring Restoration Crew meets biweekly throughout most of the year to maintain Coldwater Spring, just south of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. Crews are drop in and there is no minimum or maximum number of times necessary to volunteer. Activities include invasive species removal, site exploration, and other outdoor restoration tasks. If you like to be outdoors and creating tangible change in the environment, this opportunity is for you! For more information and shift times, click the “more info” button to the left.

Volunteers are needed to help park rangers engage 4th grade students in an orienteering scavenger hunt, fire building activity, and/or shelter building activity and help with set up, take-down, and transitions between stations. This opportunity requires quite a bit of walking and student engagement (park rangers will lead all stations). The time with students is about 3.5 hours which includes a 20 min lunch break. We need 5-6 volunteers each day. A Volunteer Training will be held on October 2nd between 9:00am - 11:00am (required for new Take Me to the River volunteers).

November 6, 2019

You’re invited to our Volunteer Recognition/Award Event. Join us in the party room at Kellogg Square as we hand out awards to volunteers and announce the Volunteer of the Year! There will be light refreshments. Volunteers will be notified in the next few weeks if they have crossed an award threshold (or two or three). We are waiting on those last few volunteer numbers to be counted before sending notifications. You do not need to be receiving an award to attend and be recognized as one of the park’s amazing volunteers!

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Mississippi River Visitor Center Substitute Interpretive Assistant

Sign up for substitute visitor center shifts here! Open only to volunteers on the MRVC substitute list. Located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Volunteers will assist the Park Ranger on duty with interpretation and distribution of educational materials. Staff will validate Science Museum parking ticket so you do not have to pay for parking.