Month: October 2014

Conservation Youth Lead Environmental/Historical Tour

Tucked away between the Mississippi River and Highway 61 is the Central Region Office of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). On a beautiful October afternoon, several community members with a professional interest in East Side Saint Paul’s past, present and future gathered to attend a historical and environmental tour led by our very own youth interns.

With 2014 being the second year partnering with the DNR, Urban Roots was excited to be offered the opportunity. Four of our Conservation Program interns arrived at 1200 Warner Road and led the group of influential professionals through the DNR’s 80-acre campus, which includes the remnants of the state’s first fish hatchery and a unique natural area containing a tamarack bog. On the tour the interns pointed out historical sites of long-gone petting zoos and fish hatcheries and explained the current work they have done on the site to aid in its restoration. This is just one of several tours Urban Roots has led throughout the summer and fall at the site.

The community members attending were State Representative Sheldon Johnson, Keith Parker, Regional Director for the DNR, Gina Bonsignore, Regional Planner for the DNR, Suzann Willhite, Regional Operation Services Manager, Tom Nelson, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Metro State University, Tom Dimond, owner of Dimond Construction and local citizen advocate for river corridor issues and Alan Robbins-Fenger from the National Park Service.

The DNR and Urban Roots look forward this growing partnership in community-based water quality restoration and conserving our East Side natural assets.

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Nov 13: The Online Giving Event of the Year

Every day Urban Roots is changing the way local youth think about food, the environment and their community. We employed 60 local teens this year through our Garden, Cooking/Nutrition and Conservation Program youth internships and taught more than 1,500 children and parents about healthy eating, gardening and environmental stewardship.

Give to the Max Day is Thursday, November 13 and Urban Roots received $1,000 in matching gifts! Every new or increased donation you make up to $1,000 is not only matched, it also gives us a chance to win even more money through’s “golden ticket” $1,000 random giveaways, matching gifts and drawings for participating groups to receive extra donations.

Throughout the 24 hours of November 13th, we will collect online gifts to support our work to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development. Don’t want to wait until November 13? You can also schedule your donation starting November 1!

“Urban Roots feels like my second family. I love knowing that what we do has a big, positive impact! ”  –Nell, age 17, third-year Urban Roots Youth Intern

Won’t you support Urban Roots and celebrate the great Minnesota give-together?

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Volunteer in our Gardens October 18

We grow over 50 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers at Urban Roots! Help us put our gardens to sleep this fall. Join our staff and youth interns for some fall garden clean up as a great season will soon wind down.

We will provide water, tools, gloves, a light snack along plenty of fun and learning. (In the case of bad weather, this event will cancelled.)

When: Saturday, October 18 from 9:30am-1:30pm

Where: First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St, St. Paul (garden located in parking lot behind church)

RSVP to our Garden Program Manager: or (651) 228-7073

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