Join us this Saturday morning for our

Before & After you visit the Monarch Festival (10am to 4pm) At Lake Nokomis this Sat Sept 8

Join us this Saturday September 8 for our Lake Hiawatha –

8 a.m. Cleanup, 4 p.m. Trash Sort, 6 p.m. to 8pm Art Exhibition “This is Ours”
at the Lake Hiawatha Rec Center (and at the South End of the Lake) 2701 E 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406-3760

  • 8 am to 11 am Shoreline Clean Up with volunteers from the Friends of Lake Hiawatha and Xcel Energy Employee Day of Service
  • 11 am – Group Photo by the Park Building to celebrate all the trash we collected
  • 11:15 a.m  Brief Friends of Lake Hiawatha Meeting to plan our fall activities – including Litter Be Gone Clean Ups Oct 4 to 13 

Visit the Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis Sat, Sept 8,10am to 4pm

Please wear shoes that can get wet or wading boots, if they have them Bring gloves and a trash grabber if they have them (we will have some, but it helps when others bring their own) Wear long pants to tuck into shoes – not a big risk of deer ticks in early September, but just a precaution.

LISTEN TO our volunteer PENNY Fuller who was featured on MPR on Art Hounds today!  Nurse and concerned environmentalist Penny Fuller is looking forward to “This is Ours: Our Park, Our Lake, Our Trash,” a one-day exhibition and art installation on the southern shore of Lake Hiawatha. A group of artists will be creating pieces that invite viewers to both celebrate the natural beauty of the lake and raise awareness of the pollution that threatens its biodiversity.
The show runs Saturday, Sept. 8 from sunrise to sunset and includes hands-on activities for visitors.


Friends of Lake Hiawatha Action Teams and Leaders

We have simple actions you can take to help out with each of our Action Teams.
Lake Clean Up Team contact Penny Fuller or Sean Connaughty to get involved. On weekend mornings spring, summer and fall, we frequently meet ~9am near Lake Hiawatha Park Building or other chosen section to clean up trash from Lake Hiawatha on foot and in kayaks.

  • Simple Action – Update your Calendar for our Earth Day Clean Up now rescheduled to Saturday May 12th 2018 9:30am to Noon at Lake Hiawatha with the MCWD and MPRB

Pipe Mitigation Team – contact Sean C to get involved – volunteers working with the City of Minneapolis and MPRB to win approval of a open channel filtration system that will filter out trash and other contaminants flowing out of the large storm sewer pipe that enters directly into the Lake through the 43rd Street Pipe –

Watershed Friendly Yards & Streets Team – contact Roxanne Stuhr, Master Water Steward to get involved – we are a shared committee of the Friends of Lake Hiawatha and the Standish Erickson Neighborhood Association – Because all most of our yards and streets in SENA, Corcoran and Powderhorn drain directly into Lake Hiawatha with no filtering it is important that we practice watershed friendly yard care and prevent trash, leaves and grass clippings from flowing down our storm drains during rain events.

Simple Actions you can take

Community Visioning Team (following the Community Advisory Committee)

  • Simple Action you can take – reach out to the CAC team members to learn how the team’s work progress.  All meetings are open to the public!  Consider attending if you can to learn and lend support.
  • Community Advisory Committee Meeting #2  Monday, April 30th6:30pm to 8:00pmLocation TBD  – however, you can get updates here:
  • go to
  • go to Park Care & Improvements tab
  • select Current Projects
  • go to letter “H” to find the Hiawatha projects info
  • all updates will be posted there


Communication/ Membership Team – contact Sean Gosiewski, Master Water Steward, to get involved

Help Friends of Lake Hiawatha with updating our web site and face book page and publish our monthly updates to keep our growing network of more than 200 volunteers active and growing.

  • Simple Action – Forward our events and updates to your neighbors on next door.

Hiawatha Food Forest Team – Contact Ryan Siebold to get involved  Star Tribune Story