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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am an intern with Great River Greening. I find their cause to be an ideal one in the environmental field, since it both helps the environment and engages and educates the community-- their team of professionals determines what needs to be done to restore natural areas, and they engage the community in doing so. I've also found their staff to be friendly and welcoming, and their events to be an enjoyable experience.
I worked for Great River Green as an intern for almost a year. They are a wonderful nonprofit organization with an endless drive to make our Minnesota communities a little greener each day. The employees are tireless workers and the volunteers have amazing spirit. The work environment is very comfortable and you always feel welcome as soon as you walk in!
I've volunteered for Great River Greening for 3 years, and really enjoy the events that they host. The restoration events are well thought, the right amount of work, and definitely get work done. I have volunteered for other ecosystem restoration nonprofits and the difference that is seen immediately when you show up to a site; somebody is there to greet and show you to the registration booth, maybe grab a coffee or water, and then converse with your group supervisor until everyone shows up. I also like that volunteers are shown why a certain exotic species is bad; not just that it has to be removed.
Great River Greening is a local non-profit organization working to restore the metro Minneapolis-St. Paul community, by removing invasive species and re-introducing native species to the area. This organization is dedicated to encouraging local citizen to support the local community through environmental volunteer efforts.
I have enjoyed my volunteer time with Great River Greening. It is always a pleasure working outside to improve the environment no matter what the weather conditions are. I have volunteer with Great River Greening on days where it is only 1 degree outside and snowing, to thunderstorms, to beautiful sunny days. The Great River Greening staff is helpful and friendly.
I love volunteering with Greening. The outdoor events not only are completing a needed ecological service, but allow people from different communities to interact. Plus you get some sunshine and exercise. It's an overall great experience and I love the energy at the events.
I have volunteered for Great River Greening for the past three years. Great River Greening is very well organized and offers fun and interesting volunteer projects. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming. I've always felt appreciated by the organization. Some of the projects I've worked on include restoring native habitat, planting trees, clearing out invasive plants, restoring shoreline, making a rain garden, collecting seeds, and more. One can also volunteer in public relations projects such as staffing booths at various events like the Living Green Expo; a wonderful opportunity to network with other Green organizations and meet other volunteers. They also serve a nice lunch after the project is complete! This is especially appreciated after working hard in the fresh air. A top notch organization to volunteer for!
Great River Greening has been the best organization to volunteer for my far. The management is very organized and has the site set up for volunteers so that their is no confusion upon arrival. The day is planned to the minute so that volunteer time is not wasted. Most events include a brief discussion of the history of the area in order to provide a broader context for the project and give volunteers a sense of ownership in the work they are doing because they feel a part of the area. At the conclusion of the event, GRG does a presentation which sums up the accomplishments of the day. Overall, great leadership, great events, and great fun with GRG!
I've worked with Great River Greening for about a decade. I love the organization! I've worked as a volunteer, and a volunteer supervisor.
Greening works with the government organizations, and corporations to find sites around the metro area to restore to native vegetation.
They organize volunteers into work groups and then depending on the task of the day we clear invasive species, plant natives, build rain gardens or anything necessary to restore the site.
Greening visits sites over the years, so I've had the pleasure of working at two sites over the years that are very special. The Flint Hills Resource site has changed from a buckthorn choked mess to a lovely oak savanna.
I have also worked at the Mendota Bridge site over the years, this sacred area had been urbanized, and then fallen into disrepair. When the community was discussing how to use the site, developers were interested in building condominiums, but through an effort by the community, environmental groups, and the native American tribe in the area, the open space was preserved for habitat and again as a sacred site.
The mission of the organization is outstanding - bringing habitat to area's around the river. Also, the volunteer work is very satisfying, it's good physical labor, and you can see the fruits of your work in a day, and over the years.
I love Greening.
The work of Great River Greening transforms both people and places. People are transformed as they see their efforts make a meaningful difference in their community. Places are transformed with native plantings that restore the lands to their natural beauty. Imagine neglected lands overrun with invasive, non-native plants. Then imagine a weed patch turning into a wildflower prairie. Or a forgotten property becoming a reborn oak savanna. Or a threatened woodland evolving back into a healthy maple and basswood forest. That is the work of Great River Greening. And that's why I keep coming back as a volunteer.
Great River Greening is by far one of the best organizations I have volunteered with. They really appreciate and value their volunteers, and get you up and working quick. It never feels like they are wasting your time, there is always important, vital work to be done.
They help to restore native plant communities, and the health of the soil and water in important and vulnerable natural areas along the Mississippi, Minnesota, and St Croix rivers.
They are able to attract and manage a large number of volunteers. It is very encouraging to see such a vast number of volunteers showing up on a weekend to help save a portion of the planet.
Normally we are cutting out buckthorn, and hauling brush. It's a very good workout, and you get a visceral understanding of the unique environment of the site - true "hands on learning".
Working in a crew, you get to meet like-minded people, and everyone has a unique perspective or factoid to share. I love how community is created while at the same time "real" work is being accomplished - invasive plant species are ripped out, native plants and wildlife habitat is allowed to flourish, and at the end of the day, everyone knows they did something good.