Big River Big Woods sponsors a number of service projects. We invite anyone who is interested in helping restore native landscapes to donate time to one or all of these projects.

Come when you can and leave when you need to!

If you would like to volunteer for one or more of these service projects, send a note to contact@bigriverbigwoods.org and we will get back to you with the most up to date details.  Also, we encourage you to take a look at out our Volunteer Questionnaire and check off the opportunities that interest you.  Someone from the board will follow up with you.  Click here to visit the Volunteer Questionnaire.

If you have suggestions for other projects in the East Twin Cities Metro area, please email us at contact@bigriverbigwoods.com.  Everyone is welcome!

A gravel path through a blooming flower garden.

Island Lake Elementary School​ Pollinator Garden

3555 Victoria Street N

We just completed the spring clean up at the Pollinator Garden at Island Lake Elementary School in Shoreview. 

We generally choose a work day on a weekday or a Saturday morning as needed.

The work is mostly in the spring and fall. Our work time is between 9 & 11 am. Come as early as you can and stay as long as you can. Even one hour of your work is valuable.

When Karen sends a notice, she includes any specific equipment needed. But bringing water, gloves, a kneeling pad and a favorite weeding tool is standard. It’s a full sun garden so sun protection is a must.

Volunteers may ask for Karen Eckman or Leanne Phinney at the site.

Project leader

Karen Eckman

Villa Park Rain and Pollinator Gardens

2055 Cohansey Boulevard

Roseville’s Villa Park rain and pollinator gardens are in need of some tender loving care.

We will have volunteer opportunities tentatively starting June 3rd at 6:00 pm.
Plan on working about 1+ hours every two weeks.
We’re open to different times depending upon the level of interest.
Equipment to bring: bottle of water, gloves, trowel, weeding tool if desired, bucket, and bug spray if needed.
Special focus this year is preparing the garden for edging and installing. Enhancing appearance.
Challenges include grass infestation, management of European bellflower, working around nesting turtles :).
To date the pollinator garden has been weeded fully once but still has the underlying grass and bellflower.  Some plants have been added.

Project Leader

Erica TenBroek

A stone path through a native plant garden with grasses and pink flowers.

Ramsey County Library—Roseville

2180 North Hamline Ave

Check back later for 2022 dates.

Join us to help with weeding, new plantings, and general maintenance.

This outdoor area is framed by natural plantings and includes a rain garden as well as a natural prairie. The garden is used frequently by families with young children who enjoy the fenced in area to safely play outdoors while visiting the library.

Bring gloves and hand tools if possible. Beginners and experts are welcome!

Project leader

Nicole Brinkman, Librarian