There are many opportunities to volunteer at our local National Park Service Site (Mississippi National River and Recreation Area).
*Upper St. Anthony Falls Open House Volunteers are needed daily to help support the park in opening up the lock wall for visitors. Volunteers help make sure staff get lunch breaks and answer visitor questions. Ideally volunteers know a little about the river, the area around St. Anthony, and how locks work. Volunteers are not expected to sign-up for reoccurring shifts but rather can sign-up when ever they would like to volunteer and fits their schedule.
*In addition to Upper St. Anthony Falls Open House Volunteer shifts, there are St. Anthony Falls Assistant shifts that do require advanced training.
*Mill Ruins Crew is a habitat restoration crew that meets 1-2 times per month on the hillside between the Mill City Museum and the river. The crew is drop-in and there is no minimum or maximum number of times to volunteer. The crew helps with ongoing restoration of the Mill Ruins hillside. Activities include invasive species removal, planting, watering newly planted plants, site exploration, and other outdoor restoration tasks. All tools and training are provided. The next date is Saturday, September 14. To find out more or to sign-up, volunteers should contact Andrew Marotz (email@example.com, 651-291-9119).
*Working River (Field Trip) Assistants are needed to help at one of three learning stations that allow students to learn more about the St. Anthony Falls, Mill Ruins and Stone Arch Bridge historical area of Minneapolis. The field trips begin Monday, September 9; most days are 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. No advanced training is required.
*Volunteers interested in volunteering on a riverboat are encouraged to check out opportunities to volunteer on our Big River Journey field trips! They depart from Harriet Island in Saint Paul starting Monday, September 23.
To sign-up for any of these volunteer opportunities and to learn more specifics about the volunteer description, visit https://parkconnection.org/volunteer