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July 2019

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

DATE: Tuesday, July 9
TIME: 5:30-7:30 pm
Parks and Recs Department holds drop-in events to assist in restoration of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. SPPC will be co-hosting this event. No experience is necessary- this is a great activity for anyone who wants to get outside, explore a new park and learn about restoring our natural areas.
Why? Our nature sanctuaries are home to a diverse native prairie plant community. Volunteers play a huge role in restoring this park’s native habitat. They help us control invasive species such as crown vetch, bird’s foot trefoil, spotted knapweed and musk thistle constantly threaten the integrity of the native plant community! Explore a new park, give back to the community, be outside and meet awesome people!
Registration: Help us determine the amount of supplies we need to bring each week.
DIRECTIONS: This event will take place at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, 293 Commercial St. Saint Paul, 55106. Near corner of Commercial Street and 4th Street E. just east of downtown St. Paul. Please click here for directions.
WHAT TO BRING:
  1. A full water bottle for drinking
  2. Sunscreen, sunglasses, sweatshirts and tick/mosquito repellent
  3. Long pants and sturdy, close toed shoes
  4. Appropriate clothing to get wet and/or muddy. You are out in a prairie with little shade so it can get hot during the summer months.
Questions: email Tricia at environment@ci.stpaul.mn.us
What the event looks like:
  1. Restoration Supervisors (skilled volunteers) meet the public at the entrance
  2. Everyone signs in (waiver)
  3. Go over the plan for the night and talk about the park
  4. Walk to work location
  5. On site demonstration of the project and handout supplies
  6. Volunteer- the Restoration Supervisors will watch and answer and questions
TOOLS: Saint Paul Natural Resources will provide all the tools needed to complete the project. You are welcome to bring your own gloves.
PROJECTS: the projects vary based on the month and need. Most of our work is light to moderate work but can require a lot of kneeling or standing. Some examples of projects include hauling brush, remove invasive species, planting and seed collection (in the Fall). We try and let people know what the projects are but there can be last minute changes. Please dress in layers to accommodate all the projects.
This week’s project: TBD. Probably invasive species removal.
WEATHER: Our policy is to work rain or shine, but we will cancel if there is severe weather conditions (thunderstorms). You will be contacted via email as soon as the decision is made.
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