Volunteers at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area work alongside our rangers on a wide variety of events and projects. Volunteers provide valuable assistance in restoring colorful native landscapes, providing new experiences and learning opportunities for school students, staffing events, and assisting visitors to find and enjoy recreational opportunities along the river.
Monthly Opportunity for Volunteer Enrichment (MOVE!) events offer volunteers the opportunity to learn a new skill or information about an area of the park. The River Action Volunteer Event (RAVE) program combines an outdoor activity such as canoeing or biking with riverside habitat restoration. To register for a volunteer event, please check out our event calendar and search for "volunteer".
If you are interested in a long-term volunteer commitment, there are several programs with which you can help. Click here to read about long-term volunteer opportunities.
Opportunities are advertised in a monthly email newsletter. To sign-up for the newsletter, e-mail us or call the Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Swenson at (651) 293-8424.
Volunteers work with Park Rangers to restore natural habitat along the Mississippi River.
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is committed to a strong non-discrimination policy respecting its employees and volunteers. Contact the Volunteers-In-Parks Manager for more detailed information regarding workplace conditions and policies.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.