On Earth Day this year, Conservation Minnesota partnered with the Three Rivers Park District (Three Rivers) to host an event combining two of Conservation Minnesota’s favorite topics, education and volunteerism.
At Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park the weather was beautiful and the people showed up – over 120 excited volunteers! West Metro Community Coordinator, John Anderson, and Three Rivers Naturalist, Ashley Smith, helped educate people on all the park has to offer and then led the annual Earth Day cleanup.
Every spring brings a new wave of opportunities for those interested in helping. Thanks to John’s efforts and Conservation Minnesota members, volunteer numbers greatly exceeded expectations as folks joined in to learn about the park and contribute to its cleanup. A whole lot of trash and a few treasures were collected along the banks of the Mississippi.
Water defines life in Minnesota and our members have told us protecting water quality is a top priority. While the work we do at the Capitol to protect and preserve our waters from threats is necessary, it is also important to remember that we all can play a role in our communities. Next time you go on a walk, try to remember to toss a trash bag in your pocket and see if you can’t fill it with litter while you are out and about.
Want to get involved in your community? Sign up for volunteer opportunities with Conservation Minnesota.