River Revitalization offers opportunities for people to connect with Milwaukee’s urban rivers. This connection to water and nature is central to our mission of protecting Milwaukee’s rivers. Community members help take care of land, open green space and trails. This work connects neighborhoods with each other, teaches and encourages safe interactions with urban land and rivers, and helps restore our river systems.
River Revitalization Foundation is the lead organization in the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition, a group of stakeholders engaged in protecting the ecological and recreational value of over 800 acres of greenspace. The Coalition worked with the Village of Shorewood and the City of Milwaukee to adopt protective ordinances which passed in 2006 and 2010 respectively that permanently protect the Milwaukee River valley from insensitive development. This Milwaukee River Greenway Master Plan was completed in 2010 with much public input. This document provides a comprehensive vision for the river as a unique urban wilderness containing restored natural communities and shared recreational opportunities.
RRF, in collaboration with many partner groups, is actively restoring portions of the Greenway, through invasive species removal and planting native plants. RRF is also currently assessing trails to formulate plans for trail improvement.
Join the RRF Stewardship Staff in maintaining and improving the greenspaces along the Milwaukee River. Volunteers meet and work with other individuals passionate about the natural world and preserving its integrity. Activities include but are not limited to: removing invasive species, planting native species, wildlife monitoring, trail maintenance, litter pick-up, seed collecting and processing.
UPDATED VOLUNTEER PROTOCOLS DUE TO COVID-19:
In order to keep all staff and volunteers as safe and healthy as possible, RRF has made some changes to our volunteer program, Fostering Our Riparian Biodiversity (F.O.R.B.). Because our office is currently closed to the public, we cannot hold our monthly Volunteer Orientations or take on any new volunteers at this time.
Beginning on Monday, July 13th2020, we are excited to welcome back any former FORB volunteer and/or anyone who completed a Volunteer Orientation at RRF in February or March of 2020.
***If you are an interested new volunteer and want to receive email updates from RRF about any upcoming Volunteer Orientations, news, events, etc. please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-455-3675.
Every 1st and 2nd Saturday 9am-12pm (February – November) *As part of our revised Volunteer Protocols we will not be offering Saturday volunteer sessions for the duration of 2020.
All new volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation Session prior to starting volunteer hours! Orientation sessions will be offered every 2nd Wednesday Feb. to Nov. at 5pm located at our office.
***NOTE: We are not currently offering Volunteer Orientations as our office is closed to the public until further notice. We will update this info when we can safely bring in new volunteers again!
HOW TO SIGN UP : (Only applicable to returning volunteers at this time) Each volunteer is required to sign up prior to each FORB day and we will only be able to accept 5 volunteers per work day. Please sign up by visiting volunteersignup.org/78BLCand keep in mind that volunteer slots are on a first come first serve basis. If you’d like to sign up to volunteer but do not have access to the internet you can call Paige at 414-455-3675.
WHERE TO MEET: Each volunteer day begins at our office located at 2134 N. Riverboat Rd., Milwaukee 53212. Our office is a renovated single-story home complete with a green roof and solar panels. Please meet RRF Staff and the other volunteers outside.
PROTECT YOURSELF & EACH OTHER: Each volunteer must bring their own work gloves and a mask or face-covering. Volunteers and staff will maintain a 6’ distance at all times. We also recommend bringing enough water, snacks, sunscreen, bug repellent, etc. for the duration of the work day as our office will remain closed. Please remember to address appropriately for the weather, wear close-toed shoes, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
TOOLS: Once you arrive for FORB, RRF Staff will have clean tools placed outside at a safe distance for you to pick up. Volunteers will not be allowed to gather in the office or shed to obtain tools. RRF Staff will sanitize tools and equipment after each use and sterilize the tools at the end of the day.
Thank you to all of our community volunteers, new and returning, looking to get involved and give back to our lands!