Join other Vermillion Stewards volunteers for a buckthorn and invasive plant pull near the Vermillion River’s South Creek, a cold prairie stream in the heart of Dakota County and a major tributary of the Mississippi River.

Volunteers will work closely with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff and fellow volunteers to remove buckthorn and other invading trees and shrubs or to haul brush to its pick-up spot. Buckthorn is extremely hardy and able to thrive in a variety of soil and light conditions. It out-competes native plant species that are vital for increased habitat and biodiversity.

All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration required. All supplies and training will be provided. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, funded by the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization helping Vermillion River Watershed residents learn about their watershed while protecting and enhancing its unique natural resources.

Ready to register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (select Amy by name from the staff list under “Category”) or at, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

You will receive a confirmation email from within two business days. (If you don’t, please check your SPAM folder.)

If you’re under 18 and interested in volunteering without the company of your parent or guardian, please have them fill out this minor permission form.

Can’t make it?

To receive notices of future Vermillion Stewards events facilitated by FMR, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at Or, visit the Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of upcoming events. To receive a twice-a-month FMR e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.