Volunteer for one of our Service Projects

These projects are dormant for the winter.  Check back in the spring for more information about when they will resume.

Roseville Library Children’s Native Garden
2180 North Hamline Avenue, Roseville

Every Thursday morning join Kris O’Brien, Master Naturalist and Wild Ones member, in caring for the library’s native garden.  Meet at the main doors at 8:30 am or if you’re late, look for us in the garden. It’s the fenced are on the east side of the library (by Dunn Bros). Bring gloves and hand tools if possible.  Beginners and experts are welcome!

island-lake-rain-garden4island-lake-rain-garden3Island Lake Native Garden
Island Lake Elementary School, 3555 Victoria Street N, Shoreview

On Saturday and Tuesday mornings, from 9 am to 11 am, help Karen Eckman, Big River Big Woods member, and her crew work to rescue/restore this rain garden. The garden is on the school grounds.  The biggest need is for people to do weeding.  Bring gloves and wear long pants.  All are welcome.

This is Big River Big Woods volunteer, Leanne Phinney, digging out quack grass. The first shot shows how the 36 x 36 foot garden fits in a corner just outside of the school playground on a hill above Vivian Ave. The second shows part of the circular path around the garden center. Instead of wood mulch, we are using mowed leaves for the mulch this fall.

Here is a partial species list: Big bluestem, Little bluestem, Indian grass, Butterfly weed, Swamp milkweed, Pale purple coneflower, Grey-headed coneflower, Spiderwort, Prairie smoke, Wild Bergamot, Wild geranium, Royal Serviceberry, Dwarf bush honeysuckle, Prairie dropseed, Side oats gramma, Dotted Blazing star, Asters (uncertain name), Anise hyssop, Columbine and more. I just added a very small Lead plant.

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom

1199 Midway Pkwy, St. Paul

Judi Petkau, Big River Big Woods member and Como Eco-steward, leads a team of volunteers periodically to remove unwanted vegetation so native plantings can prosper in a corner of Como Park.  Our volunteers work just south of Como Avenue and west of the swimming pools.  Further details will be forthcoming.

If you have suggestions for other projects in the East Twin Cities Metro area please send your suggestions to  bigriverbigwoods@gmail.com.  Let us know if an evening gardening time would work better for you and which day and time. Everyone welcome!