Your financial contribution directly supports our work along Milwaukee’s urban rivers and helps provide a natural place that everyone can enjoy.  When you become a River Ally, you help fund important work in the river valley which includes habitat restoration, volunteer recruitment and coordination to assist in our field work, strategic land purchases, and land management in the Milwaukee River Greenway.

FORB | Fostering Our Riparian Biodiversity

Join our land management team in restoration activities along the Milwaukee River. Volunteers meet and work alongside other individuals passionate about the natural world and preserving its integrity.

FORB 2019 Volunteer Hours

Mondays:  2pm-4pm
Fridays:  1pm-4pm
1st and 2nd Saturdays February-November:  9am-12pm

RRF will provide the necessary tools, supplies and work gloves. Activities could include, but are not limited to: removing invasive species, establishing natives, watering, trail maintenance, processing seed, controlling erosion, and various other habitat restoration activities.

Where to Meet:  Each volunteer day begins at our office. Our office is a renovated single-story home complete with a green roof and solar panels!  Debriefing takes place inside – come on in and make yourself at home.

Clothing:  Please dress appropriately for the weather. The majority of our volunteer activities will be held outside. Wear close-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. 


VOLUNTEER INCENTIVE—FREE use of kayaks and canoes! For every 10 hours logged in a year, volunteers qualify for 3 opportunities to use our paddling equipment and boats. Offer is limited to the number of boats and staff members available. Volunteers must provide staff 48 hours notice to utilize boat incentive.

We can also accommodate larger groups (max of ~25) for your work, school/youth group, organization, etc.  Email with any volunteer questions or for more information on how to schedule a group work day. 



September 2nd

October 7th and October 11th

November 29th

December 23rd, December 27th, and December 30th

Thanks for your interest in volunteering! Please fill out the waiver below and then contact us at, 414.271.8000, regarding the specifics of how to get your feet wet with us.

Many thanks to the following organizations and businesses that volunteered at RRF in 2016—Thank you!

  • Café Corazon
  • Fox Point Lutheran Church
  • Golda Meir High School
  • Good City Brewery
  • Gordon Brothers Accuval
  • Johnson Controls Inc.
  • Kiwanis
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Marquette University
  • MillerCoors
  • Outpost Natural Foods
  • Potawatomi Foundation
  • The Park People WEED Out
  • U.S. Bank
  • UMB Fund Services
  • Wisconsin International Academy

Interested in helping our Field Crew maximize their efforts outdoors? Then we have the perfect opportunity for you!  We remove thousands of pounds of invasive plants annually and plant thousands of native species in their place.  So as you can imagine, we need a lot of tools and supplies to make that happen.  Please contact our Stewardship Director,  Joanna Demas  at 414.271.8000 x 3, if you would like to donate any of the items on our wish list.

  • Tools, new or gently used, including screwdrivers, socket wrenches, drills, hammers, tape measures
  • Hardware, new or gently used, including bolts, screws, and nails.
  • Wooden stakes
  • Sisal twine
  • Bamboo stakes (tall)
  • Metal hardware cloth
  • Zip ties (large)
  • Felling axe
  • Organic potting soil
  • Extendable ladder
  • Binoculars
  • Saws (new or gently used)
  • Hand pruners (new or gently used)
  • Felling wedges (plastic)
  • Boot brushes
  • Rags (Reusable cloth)
  • Rubber mallets (5-10)
  • Sledge hammers
  • Native field guides
  • Ear muff protectors
  • Ziplock baggies