** The Mississippi River Fund has cut off registration for new volunteers - RSVP's are now closed**
Lend a hand on the Mississippi River! The National Park Service, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and community partners have begun restoring the land surrounding Coldwater Spring to create oak savanna, prairie, and wetland habitats. Coldwater Spring is a historic landmark located between Minnehaha Falls Regional Park and Historic Fort Snelling. On National Public Lands Day, volunteers will plant trees and wetland plants, and help with other restoration activities to support this park in progress. National Park Service rangers will offer public tours in the afternoon to celebrate the park’s opening. This event is part of National Public Lands Day, sponsored by REI, the National Park Service and its nonprofit partner the Mississippi River Fund. Started in 1994, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from[masked] to preserve and protect America's natural heritage.
Thanks to REI for providing free lunch and t-shirts for all volunteers! Google map directions to Coldwater Spring can be found here: http://goo.gl/maps/R1cii There is no parking onsite. We encourage all participants to take lightrail or bike to the site. Parking is available offsite at the V.A. Medical Center. A shuttle will be running participants to and from the designated parking area at the V.A. Medical Center and Coldwater throughout the day.
Information about the shuttle will be emailed to all who register. 8:30 a.m. Registration Opens 9:00 a.m. Restoration Begins
Please register here for this event