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.

Ramsey County Library

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

Villa Park

2055 Cohansey Boulevard

Roseville’s Villa Park Rain and Pollinator Gardens need tender loving care throughout the summer. Depending upon interest, we can schedule 1-3 events per month.

If interested, please email the project lead with times that work for you. Even one time is great!!!

Contact Erica by emailing contact@bigriverbigwoods.org

There is an option to adopt part of the rain garden and work on your own time after being trained on the existing native plants.

native plant garden of common milkweeds and butterfly weeds. Trees and colorful clouds in the background towards the top of the frame. Island Lake 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

Photo credit: Karen Eckman