Three Rivers Park District Volunteering

Three Rivers Park District Volunteering Join us at Three Rivers Park District in promoting environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system! Want to volunteer with us? Learn more at www.threeriversparks.org/volunteer

Have fun, meet new people, get outdoors, and enjoy the challenge of learning new skills while giving back! We welcome community members to share their talents, passion and energy to help carry out the Park District's mission.

Three Rivers Park District
06/04/2020

Three Rivers Park District

The events of the past week have greatly impacted the entire community, including our park guests and staff.

We are committed to ensuring our parks and trails are safe and welcome spaces for all people. We will continue to listen to and work with our partners and community members to identify and remove barriers, making sure our parks are inclusive and provide something for everyone.

Spending time outside is important for our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and we will continue to make more opportunities available to enjoy our parks as the health guidelines change.

We believe that everyone should be able to connect with nature every day.

Three Rivers Park District
05/19/2020

Three Rivers Park District

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” — Henry David Thoreau 🌳🥾

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and one of our favorite ways to nourish the mind is to get outside and breathe the fresh air, listen to the birds and bask in the sunshine. ☀️Studies have shown that nature walks can decrease anxiety, fatigue, worry and negative feelings.

Get out to your favorite park this week and find peace and stillness in the sunshine and wild beauty around you. 🌻🌱

Zipper pulls will be in the mail soon! Here's a sneak peek of this year's design. Any guesses on the topic?Zipper pulls ...
05/13/2020

Zipper pulls will be in the mail soon! Here's a sneak peek of this year's design. Any guesses on the topic?

Zipper pulls are sent out to volunteers with 15+ hours of service in the previous year. All volunteers with service in 2019 will receive a thank you letter and a fact sheet about this years topic - along with what Three Rivers is doing related to the subject and what you can do to support it, too. Some of the most recent topics have included: bull snakes, regal fritillary butterflies, bur oaks, and prairie fire.

Happy Monday! Did you know that there are over 500 bluebird houses across the Park District, all monitored by volunteers...
05/04/2020

Happy Monday!

Did you know that there are over 500 bluebird houses across the Park District, all monitored by volunteers?

You can learn more about eastern bluebird monitoring (and how we manage other wildilfe in the Park District) at https://www.threeriversparks.org/page/managed-wildlife-species.

"It adds to the delight imparted by spring, and enlivens the dull days of winter. Full of innocent vivacity, warbling its ever pleasing notes, and familiar as any bird can be in its natural freedom, it is one of the most agreeable of our feathered favourites." - John J Audubon

Action shot of wildlife in the parks! Nice capture of a beautiful male bluebird by a monitoring volunteer.

Did you know we have over 500 houses installed for bluebirds across Three Rivers Park District? All monitored and maintained by fabulous volunteers.

Getting lots of reports of blue eggs, with this amazing spring weather, we should have a very successful season.

Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota Three Rivers Park District Volunteering National Audubon Society Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis

With the Governor’s update Thursday to extend the Stay at Home order through May 18 and current expectations for social ...
05/02/2020

With the Governor’s update Thursday to extend the Stay at Home order through May 18 and current expectations for social distancing, we have extended the suspension of group and non-essential individual volunteering through May 21.

Some virtual and high priority volunteer opportunities are available now and we will continue to explore additional opportunities that can be done safely under the Stay at Home order. Your volunteer supervisor will contact you if your volunteer role has resumed. You are never required to volunteer, even for high priority projects!

Stay well, everyone. We look forward to seeing you volunteering in the parks again soon!

Three Rivers Park District is committed to keeping the health and safety of our park visitors and staff as the highest priority. Additionally, we are committed to making decisions that provide the most opportunity to safely get everyone outside to enjoy our parks and trails.

To do this, we are taking an incremental approach to what we cancel and when. Earlier today, Governor Walz issued an extension of the Stay at Home order, and we continue to base our decisions on the orders and recommendations from Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Based on the updated order and current expectations for social distancing, we will be canceling all programs, events and reservations through Thursday, May 21. Guests impacted by these cancelations will be contacted via email or phone with additional information on refunds and rescheduling.

Our parks and trails remain open. Please practice social distancing and follow the CDC’s recommended guidelines for personal hygiene and etiquette during your visit. Play areas and most of our buildings will remain closed until further notice. Permanent restrooms are closed, but portable restroom facilities have been placed throughout the parks. We encourage visitors to plan ahead and assume access to restrooms and drinking water will be limited.

In the coming weeks, we hope to learn even more about what recreational opportunities will be feasible this summer and will adjust our operations accordingly. Communication about future operational adjustments and program offerings will be available as soon as they have been decided, including summer camps, golf lessons/leagues and camping. Please note that we will not be accepting new camping reservations until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are happy to see so many people spending time outside this spring; it is good for our mental and physical health. We appreciate your help keeping our parks and trails clean and doing what you can to keep our community healthy and safe.

For more information on this update, please visit www.threeriversparks.org/news/covid-19-operations-update

📣 If you're planning to visit Eastman Nature Center, make sure to take a walk on the Heron/Monarch Trail and check out t...
04/29/2020

📣 If you're planning to visit Eastman Nature Center, make sure to take a walk on the Heron/Monarch Trail and check out the new (temporary!) additions to the trail 👍😁

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Eastman Nature Center loves its volunteers!! April is volunteer month so we wanted show our appreciation for all of them. If you’re planning on a hike around the nature center, walk the Heron/Monarch trail and look for signs that show all the wonderful things they do for us.

Have you been keeping an eye on the Three Rivers Blog? Yesterday's post is on backyard birding and has links to Project ...
04/28/2020
The Joy of Backyard Birding | Three Rivers Park District

Have you been keeping an eye on the Three Rivers Blog? Yesterday's post is on backyard birding and has links to Project FeederWatch and iNaturalist.org, two places where citizen scientists help conduct research on the natural world. If you're unfamiliar with these projects, you should definitely check them out and get involved!

It had been weeks since I’d seen a bird at any of my four feeders, and I was starting to get worried. I searched the Internet and asked naturalist colleagues what might have happened. There may be predators in the area, some thought. Come to think of it, I had seen Cooper’s hawks nearby before. ...

Happy final day of #NationalVolunteerWeek to everyone! Thanks for joining us over the course of the week to celebrate an...
04/26/2020

Happy final day of #NationalVolunteerWeek to everyone! Thanks for joining us over the course of the week to celebrate and learn more about our six 2020 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award recipients.

We're sending you all love and gratitude! We can't wait to see you again soon.

Anthony van de Ligt has been a volunteer with Eastman Nature Center for the last 5 years, serving a total of 280 hours a...
04/25/2020

Anthony van de Ligt has been a volunteer with Eastman Nature Center for the last 5 years, serving a total of 280 hours as both a summer camp volunteer and event assistant. He has been a member of the Naturalist Youth Leader program for the past 3 years and is a positive role model for his peers, assisting and encouraging other youth volunteers. During summer camps, he will take the initiative to get the kids involved in games and other activities and has fun with them. Staff appreciate having youth volunteers like Anthony to act as a role model for the younger campers, and to show that volunteering is an activity that youth can become involved in. Anthony is also a valued part of the team when it comes to events.

Occasionally, staff have volunteers come dressed according to the theme of the event and Anthony does so with gusto; with a smile on his face and an eagerness to help however he can. Eastman staff, Kim Nowicki, recalls Anthony assisting at a snowy October event. “Anthony was in winter gear teaching about skulls and bones at a table covered in snow! He never complained, kept cleaning the table and was positive the whole time while working his station. The picture of him in his fury outdoor winter hat with skulls surrounded by snow, smiling, is the ultimate picture of a fantastic young adult volunteer!! It is obvious that Anthony cares about the outdoors and wants to share that passion with others.”

Thank you, Anthony!
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Three Rivers Park District - Eastman Nature Center
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Barb Gaasedelen has been an Alpine Ski Patroller at Hyland Hills for 18 years and has dedicated nearly 1,400 hours of se...
04/24/2020

Barb Gaasedelen has been an Alpine Ski Patroller at Hyland Hills for 18 years and has dedicated nearly 1,400 hours of service to patrolling and training others in the program. Barb gives quality emergency care with an amazing bedside manner and is an exceptional teacher, providing calm feedback and reassurance to Alpine Ski Patrol candidates as they navigate difficult new skills. Helping candidates succeed and learn is one of her greatest strengths. She is also a part of the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Instructor Team and helps with senior OEC training and on the hill training. Barb was also nominated by her peers and recognized as Outstanding Patroller of the Year for the 2017/2018 patrol season.

Thank you, Barb!
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Hyland Hills Ski Area
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04/24/2020
Tree Award Ceremony 2017

Happy Arbor Day! We can't wait to celebrate by planting trees with you this fall at the Sumac Knoll Group Camp to honor our Tree Award recipients (those who have reached 4,250 hours of service and above).

It may still be a little early to plant trees in Minnesota, but is anyone else doing any tree planting or forest care a little closer to the actual Arbor Day date? 👍😂

Seamus Blake has been volunteering with Silverwood Park for 1.5 years. This is the shortest of all 2020 DVSA recipients,...
04/23/2020

Seamus Blake has been volunteering with Silverwood Park for 1.5 years. This is the shortest of all 2020 DVSA recipients, but Seamus has certainly made no less of an impact with their 140 service hours! Always a natural leader, Seamus trains and welcomes new volunteers and effortlessly models how to engage young children in the outdoors and art – making sure they are learning and having fun at the same time. Seamus also serves as a natural mediator in their role on the Silverwood Teen Arts Council (STAC) – working to diffuse conflict, ensure that all members’ voices are heard, provide helpful insight, and (of course!) making sure meetings are fun and meaningful!

In their own words, “I love volunteering at Silverwood because it’s my chance to give back to the park for everything the staff there has done for me, starting from the very beginning of the park when I attended the very first home school programs… As a member of STAC, I’ve has a chance to improve my organizing and leadership skills, to learn puppetry with Seth, and to make good friends.”

Thank you, Seamus!
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Cheryl Batson has been a volunteer with the Three Rivers Natural Resources Department for 7 years and has dedicated a wh...
04/22/2020

Cheryl Batson has been a volunteer with the Three Rivers Natural Resources Department for 7 years and has dedicated a whopping 4,100 service hours to her wildlife and forestry projects, including: invasive species removal, prairie seed collection, camera trapping, and surveying for invasive species, frogs, toads, dragonflies, and raptors. Among her many accomplishments as a volunteer are training new volunteers to battle invasive plants, hosting service events, and expanding her adopted woodlot in Elm Creek to an incredible 33 acres of restored woodland habitat.

In her own words, “I got hooked on volunteering at Three Rivers that first day I went out with a large group of MN Rover friends to hunt for Oriental bittersweet. I loved the idea of getting out in winter into the “backcountry” of Elm Creek, off the beaten path, learning something new while helping the environment… I love meeting fellow runners, hikers, photographers, and trail clearing crew members as well as expanding my knowledge of plants and mammal behavior. I remember the first time Angela Grill asked me to do an inventory of all the plants, animals, and birds on [my assigned] woodlot. Well, all I can say is that I have come a long way toward learning nature identification and I am know looked to as a resource in nature identification! I love the challenges employees presented to me that further expanded my desire to learn more about nature!”

Thank you, Cheryl!
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04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! What are you doing to celebrate and support the environment?

In her six years of service (and nearly 1,750 service hours) at Gale Woods Farm, Sara Anderson has bloomed into one of t...
04/21/2020

In her six years of service (and nearly 1,750 service hours) at Gale Woods Farm, Sara Anderson has bloomed into one of their most dedicated volunteers. She plays roles of assistant, mentor, instructor, and advisor on a regular basis. Sara helped bring about Make and Take fiber projects and Volunteer Fiber Workdays and has begun leading programs and projects – even training other volunteers and staff on things like fiber processing, felting, and knitting! Sara’s extremely kind and approachable nature make her a wonder with home school and summer school kids and a joy to be around.

Thank you, Sara!
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Wendy Andersen is an integral volunteer with the Raptor Care program at Richardson Nature Center and Bluebird Monitoring...
04/20/2020

Wendy Andersen is an integral volunteer with the Raptor Care program at Richardson Nature Center and Bluebird Monitoring program at Hyland Park Reserve and even serves as a mentor for new volunteers. In her 8 years as a volunteer, she has dedicated nearly 1,100 service hours, coming in nearly every week! Her self-sufficiency and thorough attention to detail make her an invaluable member of the Three Rivers Park District volunteer team.

In her own words, “As a raptor care volunteer, I am in awe of the partnerships I have been allowed to form with birds of prey. I’m grateful for their wild spirit, independence and trust they place in me to be a safe space for them. When I work with students, I view the wonders of nature through fresh eyes, making the familiar new and exciting again. Interacting with the public affords me the opportunity to share my passion for the outdoors. Monitoring bluebird nesting gifts me with a weekly walk through the park to observe raw nature in action: parents with the singular goal of keeping their offspring alive, oblivious to troubles in the world beyond the park.”

Thank you, Wendy!
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Richardson Nature Center of Three Rivers Parks
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04/20/2020

Happy National Volunteer Week (April 19-25) to all of the wonderful volunteers out in the world! We appreciate every single one of the Three Rivers Park District volunteers – thank you for your support at events, programs, and projects throughout the year. You really do make a difference!

This year, we’re going to take each day of National Volunteer Week to highlight one of our 2020 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award (DVSA) recipients. Stay tuned to learn about these remarkable volunteers!

But what is the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award, you ask? This award is the highest award the Park District bestows upon its volunteers. Six award recipients are selected every year, based on individual accomplishments, that represent the wide diversity of volunteer positions and facilities throughout the Park District.

Another continuation of our 2019 Volunteer Stats summary:In 2019, 827 ongoing individuals contributed a whopping 38,826 ...
04/17/2020

Another continuation of our 2019 Volunteer Stats summary:

In 2019, 827 ongoing individuals contributed a whopping 38,826 hours to Three Rivers! Any guesses on what volunteer assignment had the highest number of hours associated with it in 2019? They hit over 15,000 hours of service in just the one year! Hint: customer service at our events is a big part of the role.

Any guesses for the #2 slot at nearly 8,000 hours of service total? Hint: they're a massive corps of highly trained winter volunteers.

04/15/2020

What have you been doing to continue to get out in the parks during this volunteer pause? Anything you're looking forward to doing once it warms up again?

Pre-snowfall Katie and Angela took a few hikes out at Three Rivers Park District - Crow Hassan Park Reserve (at a safe distance!) and found some fluffy, beautiful pasque flowers!

Continuing on the theme of 2019 volunteer stats, did you know that 40 ongoing groups contributed over 2,750 hours by hel...
04/14/2020
Minnesota Bound | Adopt A Trail

Continuing on the theme of 2019 volunteer stats, did you know that 40 ongoing groups contributed over 2,750 hours by helping out at signature events and in their adopted areas (Adopt-a-Woodlot, Adopt-a-Garden, and Adopt-a-Trail)? One such group is showcased in the video below from Minnesota Bound's July 2019 program - go Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club!

If you're a part of a group who volunteers at Three Rivers, post some pictures here of your activities!

Adopt A Trail Bee Keeping-Getting Started 88 year old outboard motor Minnesota Bound Classic – Boat Names --------------------------------------- MNB 905

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Recognized seven volunteers for their significant service to Three Rivers Park District at the 2019 Volunteer Forest Tree Planting Ceremony at the Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Sumac Knoll Group Camp).
Recognized seven volunteers for their significant service of over 35,000 combined hours to Three Rivers Park District with Volunteer Forest Tree Planting Ceremony, at the Hyland Lake Park Reserve (Sumac Knoll Group Camp).
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