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Causes: Animals, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Zoos & Aquariums

Mission: Great River Greening inspires, engages and leads local communities in conserving and caring for the land and water that enrich our lives.

Target demographics: communities, youth, environmental conservation and restoration

Geographic areas served: Minnesota

Programs: Volunteer: Each spring and fall, Great River Greening (GRG) hosts 6-8 large events on Saturdays throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Youth: Field Learning for Teens creates opportunities for students to learn about local natural areas and careers in the conservation field. TC Metro Conservation: Opportunities are available to a large variety of Metro Area communities who work in parks and local natural areas to improve the ecological health of the land and water, and enhance recreational experiences. Anoka Sandplain: GRG leads a partnership of conservation stakeholders to preserve this unique and valuable ecological treasure in east-central Minnesota that provides critical drinking water, unparalleled recreational opportunities, and essential habitat for nearly 100 rare plants and animals. Minnesota River: Working at a subwatershed scale to positively impact agricultural watersheds, this program takes a collaborative, solution-oriented approach to facilitate local-scale action.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Great River Greening since 2008. I have been a supervisor since 2010. Great River Greening is an organization that actually gets things done. They engage the community through volunteer opportunities for all. I look forward to working with them in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great River Greening is an excellent organization committed to community-based restoration of natural areas. I became a volunteer with Great River Greening when I heard that they were assisting in restoring the natural habitat in a Scientific and Natural Area near my home. I was impressed with the commitment to improving the natural environment in my community. I went through the Great River Greening training to become a volunteer supervisor; a volunteer assisting other community individuals or groups as they participate in organized events focused on natural area restoration. After three years of volunteering with Great River Greening and working with numerous volunteers, I can say without reservation that this organization is unsurpassed in quality and results, in their mission of restoring natural areas in Minnesota. What works with Great River Greening? The staff is well organized and skilled in both human relations and the natural ecosystems associated with restoring natural areas. Events happen as advertized. The volunteers (supervisors and community members) are welcomed, trained, provided the tools and the background information needed to accomplish the assigned task, are given positive feedback during and after the event, and leave with a sense of completion and accomplishment. The volunteers understand that they have invested in and can take ownership in making their community a better place for themselves and for the natural world. Great River Greening enables all that to happen. Without Great River Greening, our communities would be less inviting and our natural areas would be less robust and diverse. I support Great River Greening and their mission of community-based restoration of natural area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a new Board member, I am impressed by the many community and volunteer-based activities GRG organizes, as well as the outstanding commitment to ecological restoration. GRG is an outstanding organization that emphasizes grassroots efforts. One of my favorite programs is the Science Area Teens Network, where teenagers volunteer a part of a Saturday to work on a restoration project and learn about the importance of maintaining the well-being of their natural environment.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Great River Greening for over 5 years and have been a Board member for the past two years. I love that we work collaboratively in partnerships across communities to acheive tangible improvements for key habitat areas and waterways in Minnesota. And, at the end of any project, we can look back at the work and see our dirty hands and the clear progress for the environment. Go Greening!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great River Greening has been one of my favorite non-profits to partner up with because I work for a non-profit organization myself. The great things we've done together isn't forgotten but will strengthen our partnership and organization as a whole. I thank you.

Marie O.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Employees from the Braun Intertec Bloomington office got their hands dirty to help restore the Conservation Corridor in Woodbury, Minnesota. Braun Intertec volunteers spent several strenuous hours removing invasive species and hauling non-native brush to preserve the habitat for rare birds and species including the bobolink, meadow lark and Henslow’s sparrow. The work done will help to ensure the prairie is allowed to thrive for generations to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been long impressed with Great River Greening's ability to mobilize volunteers for large scale restoration projects. I've participated in some projects and am always impressed with volunteers' commitment and enthusiasm for planting native species and removing buckthorn and other invasives. Volunteers know they are making a tangible, long lasting difference. Great River Greening is very strategic and looks for opportunities to stay relevant. Recent campaigns have involved planting a million acorns and now they are focusing on restoring land habitat for better water quality and protection. Great River has also been involved in protecting and preserving a sacred native American site in Mendota Heights.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for years with Great River Greening. They are an outstanding organization and employee some of the most intelligent people when it comes to conservation, restoration, etc. They really understand various ecosystems such as wellands, rivers, forests, prairies, farmland, etc. Not only does Greening understand the science behind how all these ecosystem work and interelate, they take the time to teach us layman about these systems and how they benefit not only the environment but the communities we live in. I have been so impressed with my experience as a volunteer with Greening that I became a board member last year. My involvement with Greening has been extremely fullfilling. I have been involvde with them on several projects that involved hundreds of volunteers and thousands of trees and shrubs. Not once have I ever been disappointed with the level of service, care, involvement, and educating that Greening provides.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great River Greening is a top notch organization that has the unique ability to preserve prairies, forests, and waters by coordinating the talents, efforts and resources of the various communities it serves as well as large corporations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach Environmental Science at an urban community college. Since 1998, I have worked at Great River Greening events with groups of my students almost every semester. I offer these events to my students for extra credit and as a way for them to gain experience in hands-on ecological restoration work, while also studying about habitat loss and fragmentation in class. The events are well organized and planned by staff with extensive ecological knowledge and expertise. I have had more than 400 students participate in these events throughout the years, and many have benefitted greatly from what they learned and experienced. Some have even brought friends or family back to the sites to see what they have done. Many of our students have never done this sort of work before or had a direct connection with making a difference in the natural environments of their community. I am grateful to the staff of Great River Greening for providing this opportunity for my students and me.