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Individual Volunteers

We have plenty of opportunities where you can volunteer and give back to the community.


Education Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for several programs. Work with school kids on flagship-programs like Big River Journey and Journey to the Falls or help on a Take me to the River, or on our new pilot programs (Working River, Winter River, and Learning River). Programs introduce urban youth to the fun in learning through geo-caching, fire building, fishing, macro-invertebrate sampling, bird watching, shelter building and more. Each program allows volunteers to engage youth in national park programs!

Please visit the Volunteer Shift Calendar to view available education volunteer opportunities and full description of shift. For more information, email


River Action Volunteer Events (RAVEs)

This is a fun way to explore the river in a way few others do.  All trips partner a restoration service project in a hard to reach area of the river with an adventure tour by National Park Service Rangers.  Explore the river by canoes, bikes, river rafts, paddle boats, or take a night hike, learn about significant wildlife and cultural features, and do some good!

Please check the Events calendar for a listing of RAVEs.


Weekly Coldwater Crew

The Crews are groups of volunteers who meet weekly during the spring, summer, and fall to work on the continuous improvement of Coldwater’s prairie and woodland areas. The Tuesday Crew meets in the evenings (5:30p to 8:30p) and the Thursday Crew meets in the mornings (9-noon). Most of the work is pulling invasive plants like garlic mustard. You don’t have to make a weekly or monthly commitment. Just join when you can.

A crew of dedicated volunteers that meet once a week to help restore the land around Coldwater Spring.  Volunteers will help to remove invasive plants, plant new prairies and trees, and participate in the transformation of Coldwater Spring.

For more information, email


Monthly Mill Ruins Crew

Looking for a great way to get to know a unique part of your park?  Ongoing volunteer habitat restoration crews meet some Saturdays throughout the summer and do light habitat restoration. Crews are drop in and there is no minimum or maximum number of times to volunteer. The crews help with ongoing restoration of Mill Ruins, which is near downtown Minneapolis, along the Mississippi.  They are run by our super Crew Leader volunteers.  Activities include invasive species removal, site exploration, and other outdoor restoration tasks.  If you like to be outdoors in the heart of the city, this opportunity is for you!

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Paula Swingley at