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 native landscapes, providing new experiences and learning opportunities for school groups, assisting at events, and providing visitors with information about the 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".
Many volunteers enjoy working with a specific volunteer program. Click here to read about volunteer opportunities.
The many programs offering 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?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.