Join the "WAV"

 Volunteers are key to watershed improvement. Find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule and interest level. 

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Volunteering while social distancing

As we adapt to the realities of COVID-19 personal, family, and public health is a top priority. While the watershed appreciates volunteers, staff are less available to coordinate with volunteers due to most office time spent working from home. Out of the options listed here, volunteer activities will be coordinated as interest and dedicated support provides. All volunteer activities are either conducted independently, outdoors with social distancing, or among members of the same household. 

The Watershed Action Volunteers meets twice annually open to the public; in March and October. Contact us via email or at (651) 204-6070 to request meeting access details or discuss a particular volunteer activity. Meeting details may be found on the VLAWMO web calendar from the VLAWMO.org homepage. 

Visit our schools page for maps, activities, and resources for students.

2021 Volunteer Opportunities

 Specialized volunteer positions are currently full for 2021. New volunteers may accompany existing volunteers or inquire about volunteer roles for the future. Please contact staff at (651) 204-6070 for more information or questions. Sign-up to receive the Watershed Action Volunteers email list to get notifications of group or public volunteer activities. 

Several volunteer activities are available without a formal volunteer position: 

  • Adopt-a-Drain: Meaningful volunteering is just down the street! Visit adopt-a-drain.org to find your nearby stormdrain(s), officially adopt one or several, and keep them clean on your own time. It's convenient, easy for kids, and a great way to support nearby lakes, streams, and wetlands. 
  • Adopt-a-Raingarden: Public raingardens require seasonal maintenance, but they also appreciate basic touch-ups anytime. Visit the service opportunities page for more information. 
  • Invasive Species Control/Buckthorn Bustin': Help VLAWMO take a bite out of buckthorn or other invasive species. This activity is event-based. Sign-up on the WAV email list below to receive announcements. 
  • Picture Posts: Visit the picture post webpage for information and links on how to participate. Picture Posts are available year-round. 
  • Scenery and wildlife photography: VLAWMO is interested in your sight seeing! Photos of early morning, evening, sunrises, and sunsets are lacking in our records and are often the most beautiful. Frosty trees and photos during rain events (i.e. stormwater runoff at a raingarden) are also very valuable. Past or present landscape or wildlife images help tell the story of the watershed and inspire action and care for our water resources. All photos are credited according to submitter preference (word caption, name stamp, etc.).
  • Trash pick-up: Contact VLAWMO staff for trash claws and other supplies to support independent trash pick-up efforts. 
  • Otter Spotters & Frog and Toad Calls: Visit our story maps page to learn more. 
WAV Meeting Updates

Next meeting: 

June 16th, 2021


Latest Meeting:

Review the March 17th, 2021 meeting notes here

Follow along in video format here. 

Past Meetings: 


Minnesota Water Stewards

VLAWMO is a proud host site for the Minnesota Water Stewards program. VLAWMO sponsors new stewards on select years depending on project and funding availability, as well as local interest. Contact VLAWMO for questions or more information on this program. 

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