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Fix-It Clinics

Fix-It Clinics provide an opportunity for residents to receive free assistance from repair savvy volunteers guiding them through each step from troubleshooting to completed repair.

Several volunteer opportunities are available to help at a Fix-It Clinic. Volunteer fixers who have skills in soldering, electronics repair, electrical repair, sewing, wood working and general tinkering are essential to making the clinics successful. General volunteers to greet residents are needed as well.

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06.18: Fix-It Clinic - Apple Valley 1 6/18/2022 6/18/2022
07.17: Fix-It Clinic - Burnsville 1 7/17/2022 7/17/2022
08.20: Fix-It Clinic - West St. Paul 1 8/20/2022 8/20/2022
09.17: Fix-It Clinic - Eagan 1 9/17/2022 9/17/2022
10.15: Fix-It Clinic - Hastings 1 10/15/2022 10/15/2022
11.19: Fix-It Clinic - Farmington 1 11/19/2022 11/19/2022

Green Squad Events

What is Green Squad? We are volunteers that help our county events recycle more and create less waste. We are trained to be good stewards of our resources and to help others make smart decisions when it comes to recycling and waste management.

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6.17: Green Squad - Juneteenth Event in Apple Valley 1 6/17/2022 6/17/2022

Master Recycler/Composter Program

The Master Recycler/Composter program provides training on waste reduction, recycling, composting and solid waste.

Graduates agree to volunteer 30 hours putting their skills to work. Graduates have the opportunity to staff informational booths at community events, make presentations, and work on special projects in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

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Master Recycler/Composter Hour Report 1

Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)

The Wetland Health Evaluation Program engages citizen volunteers to help monitor wetlands in their community. Since 1997, WHEP volunteers have been monitoring wetland health throughout Dakota and Hennepin counties. They provide important information to city and county planners, engineers, resource managers, and others. The data is also used by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to track wetland health throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 

The Wetland Health Evaluation Program teaches citizen volunteers to become wetland monitors in their community. WHEP volunteers work in teams to evaluate the biological health of wetlands selected by their community. All training and equipment is provided and volunteer times are flexible and adaptable to a busy summer schedule. 

For additional information about this program, check out this intro video or visit the MN WHEP website.

Please select the team (city) you want to join. If desired team is full, please join the nearest team to your home location that is still available. For assistance, please contact Garrett Zaffke at garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

 

Activity Shifts Start End
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Apple Valley Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Dakota County Parks Team 1 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Dakota County Parks Team 2 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Eagan Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Farmington Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Hastings Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Lakeville Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Mendota Heights Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - Rosemount Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - South St. Paul Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022
Wetland Health Evaluation Program - West St. Paul Team 1 4/1/2022 9/30/2022

WHEP Training (2022 Current WHEP Volunteers Only)

Training is recommended but not mandatory for you to be a part of the WHEP program. The training consists of three sessions: Field Methods, Macro ID, and Veg ID.

Activity Shifts Start End
WHEP Training: Introduction and Field Methods 1 5/23/2022 5/23/2022
WHEP Training: Macroinvertebrate ID 2 6/11/2022 6/11/2022
WHEP Training: Vegetation ID 1 6/30/2022 6/30/2022

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