MN ACTION: Working together for healthy communities

The responsibility to protect and restore Minnesota’s land, water, and air falls on all of us, not just environmental professionals. In fact, it’s the combination of many of us, outside of our paid work, that can have the greatest impact. Plus, did you know that volunteering is linked to happiness, health, and career benefits?

Simple, fun activities you can do on your own

  • Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
  • Sweep up trash, leaves, and dirt around the storm drains on your street.
  • Dedicate a row in your garden for the local food shelf.
  • Organize a swapping party for clothes, toys, or books.
  • Help a neighbor in need with outdoor chores that benefit the environment, like picking up pet waste, bringing yard waste to the compost site, or turning the compost pile.

Citizen science programs

Citizen scientists are volunteer data collectors. They observe and record information about the natural world and contribute to a growing need for environmental data.

Leadership programs for environmental volunteers

AmeriCorps programs

Additional ideas and resources for volunteering


Resource/More Information from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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