Father Hennepin Park Stewards


Caring for Our Mississippi River:

Restore native habitat and protect clean water in this scenic nature sanctuary by the Mississippi River that was once part of St. Anthony Falls. You will create space for native plants to thrive, remove invasive plants, and clean up the shoreline and park slopes near limestone rocks where waters once tumbled, like at Minnehaha Falls. You will be able to rotate between activities. After the event, you can walk to an active eagle nest nearby.


Getting There:
Parking includes metered street parking on Main Street SE and adjacent streets, and parking ramps at 201 Second Street SE and Riverplace.

Closest transit:

Bus #6

Meeting Place:
Walk down the stairs across from the Pillsbury A Mill, and you will see the sign-in area in the clearing below Main Street SE, by the Third Ave SE road to the U of M lab. Sign in, learn about the area and activities, meet other volunteers, and receive tools and supplies for the event.

What to Bring:
Please bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate clothing (rain gear as needed) and closed-toe shoes geared for an outdoor activity on natural and uneven surfaces. Closed-toe shoes will protect your feet, and long pants will protect your legs from brush. If you have long hair, a hat or other hair restraint is recommended. Please bring bug spray and sunscreen.

Kids Welcome:
For children under 12, please have one adult for each child.


Gloves and tools are provided by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Please bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes geared for an outdoor activity on natural and uneven surfaces.

Volunteers meet at the corner of 3rd Ave SE and Main St SE, across from the Pillsbury A-Mill.


To participate in this activity, you must first print, fill out, and bring a Release and Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. You can find that here. Please sign ahead of time, we cannot share pens.


COVID Safety Guidelines


• There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
• The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
• The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person contact between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.


• Don’t volunteer if you are sick.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with your tissue or cough/sneeze into the inside of your elbow.

• Single individual volunteer activities are allowed.

Social distancing and group size limits:

• Practice social distancing (6 feet or more) to avoid close contact with other volunteers.
• Work in groups of 10 or less.
• Your volunteer site must be large enough to accommodate groups of 10 and allow for 6-foot social distancing.
• Groups with volunteers over the age of 60 or who are considered high-risk should consider solo volunteering or volunteering in groups of 2 to 3 while still maintaining a 6-foot distance.
• Consider shift staggering volunteer activities.

Clean hands often:

• Wash your hands often if soap and water are readily available.
• If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth) with unwashed hands.

Tools and gloves:

• Do not share tools or gloves.
• Volunteers need to bring and use their own tools.
• Volunteers should take their tools home with them after each volunteer session.
• Bring sanitizing wipes for tools to avoid any potential cross contamination.
• Designate one individual to water the garden to avoid multiple people handling the hose. If the hose must be shared it should be washed with soap and water after each use, or cleaned with a sterilizing wipe.

NEED TOOLS? We have tools available for loan for individuals and groups. Please call 612-313-7778 or email [email protected] for details.

To ensure the safety of our volunteers, all loaned tools will be sanitized by MPRB staff between usage by different groups or individuals.