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Community Volunteer Events

Community volunteer events bring together members of the general public from all walks of life to beautify and restore the many natural areas and public spaces of Saint Paul. Those interested in attending a community volunteer event must preregister online unless otherwise noted. Some events may also have limited space available. Events generally occur on Saturday mornings and increase in frequency during the spring and fall seasons.


Burdock Bust
Burdock, a nasty invasive plant, is once again ready to be cut at the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom. Natural Resources is hosting two drop-in events to assist with busting the green nuisance. Gloves and tools will be available, and absolutely no experience is necessary. Volunteers may come and go at their convenience, as no preregistration is required.

Dates and times:

Wednesday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Please begin at the Joyce A. Kilmer Fireplace located just west of Como Regional Park Pool on Como Ave. There is a parking lot across from the fireplace. There will also be a sandwich board sign at the fireplace with instructions on where to find other volunteers and Natural Resources staff.


Cottonwood Crew Members
Volunteers are currently assisting the Mississippi River Fund with a cottonwood restoration experiment by collecting growth data as well as by monitoring, watering, and weeding the cottonwood plots at Lilydale Regional Park and Coldwater Spring. Volunteers will be trained and are asked to commit to a single three-hour shift each week. If interested, email Maria at with your name, email, and phone number.

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Questions? Contact Ryanna Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 651-632-2411.

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