National Park Service Event Set for Sept. 24

Join the Twin Cities Illini Club in assisting the National Park Service and the Mississippi Park Connection in the Coldwater Spring prairie restoration project. Big Ten alumni and friends are invited. Sign up today.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with the Twin Cities Illini Club and help clear invasive species and assist park workers at the fall service event on Sept. 24 from 8:30 noon. Activities begin at 9 a.m. at Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Dr. S., Minneapolis.

All Illini and Big Ten alumni, friends, and family members 10 years of age or older are welcome to participate. To join the event, RSVP by Sept. 10 through this webpage and indicate your school affiliation. For further details, contact Community Events Chair Paul Lubinski at or 317-224-7950.

This service event supports the University of Illinois iHelp initiative. 

About the Event
Participants will be removing buckthorn and other invasive species and, if needed, planting native prairie plants. Those attending should wear long pants and sturdy shoes and dress in layers. Park rangers will provide all tools and gloves. The event will be held rain or shine as long as conditions are safe.

Upon arriving at the Coldwater Spring location, volunteers should look for the uniformed park ranger. Participants are encourage to bring a full water bottle (reusable containers preferred) and their own sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Staff will carry first aid kits.

This is an in-demand event. Reserve a spot early. If you must cancel, contact Paul Lubinski at 

Coldwater Spring and Project
The National Park Service began work to restore the 29 acres of Coldwater Spring to its native state in 2011. The National Park Service, along with the Mississippi Park Connection (formerly known as the Mississippi River Fund), other partners, and volunteers are helping return Coldwater Spring to an open landscape with oak savanna, prairie, and bluff-top woodlands. Completion of this park in progress depends upon the efforts of volunteers. Learn more about the project at the National Park Service site.