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Great River Greening

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Nonprofit Overview

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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member we direct the executive director and advise on all matters of business and purpose. We are project workers, Greening promoters and fund raisers. I have worked on several projects and events and have seen the contagious enthusiasm of the staff and the great results and satisfaction from volunteer projects.