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Number of volunteers needed
Natural Resources Volunteer (on call)
Work is varied an intermittent. Projects may include invasive species control, native garden weeding, seed spreading and much more.
Volunteers needed spring - fall for intermittent projects..
Adult Supervision Required.
Unlimited- Youth groups over 10 preferred.
Kelleher Park, Terrace Oaks Park, Alimagnet Park, Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve and more.
Adopt a Woodlot
Adopt a wooded area in a local park. Work involves removing invasive species like buckthorn and garlic mustard
Minimum two year commitment required - at least one spring work day and two fall work days a year
Volunteers can work year round
18 years or older
Many Burnsville natural areas, inquire for specific locations
Citizen-Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP)
Citizens living on certain lakes that have access to a boat or canoe can monitor water quality by taking measurements and collecting samples for lab analysis.
One hour, every other week from April until October
High-school aged to adult
1 per lake
Wood, Crystal, Keller, Twin, Sunset Pond, Alimagnet, or Earley lake
Storm Drain Stenciling
Stencil “Dump No Waste…Drains to Lake” on storm drains around the city near important water bodies. May also involve distributing door hangers/fliers. Easy activity.
Variable – at least a few hours preferred
Volunteers needed throughout the summer and early fall.
Group of 4-5 works best. Larger groups can split up.
Areas identified on maps provided –typically near important water bodies
Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)
Groups collect vital information about wetland health, including biological indicators such as vegetation and macroinvertebrates (tiny animals without backbones). Training provided—no experience necessary. Information is used by Burnsville and the Pollution Control Agency to track wetland health.
20 to 40 hours total, completed during evenings and weekends
Register by May 15th at
. Completion during June and July.
Mature youth (age 10 & up) to adult
Up to 20, groups or individuals welcome. More volunteers = less time commitment per volunteer
4 different wetlands within Burnsville
Breeding Bird Survey
Record breeding bird information along a designated route in local parks. Some experience required. Must pass audio quiz on birds songs that may be heard in this area.
Each survey route is done twice, at least two weeks apart. Routes may take 1-2 hours.
Mid-May through Mid June
Some experience required.
needed until survey routes are filled.
Specific locations throughout Burnsville.
Contact Person: Caleb Ashling at
Help maintain city rain gardens. Involves pulling weeds and other general gardening activities. Garden experience preferred
Variable - at least a few hours preferred
Volunteers needed spring through fall
Adult supervision required
Individuals or small groups.
Three rain gardens total located at Alimagnet Park, Lac Lavon Park and 145th Street (near Wood Park).
Contact person: Liz Forbes at
City of Burnsville
Minnesota 100 Civic Center Pkwy Burnsville, MN 55337
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