FOMNRR Projects and Activities

Missouri River Watershed School Festival
The Missouri River Watershed School Festival is held at Riverside Park in Yankton in May of each year. Several hundred area high school students from Nebraska and South Dakota attend the event each year. The goal of the Festival is to provide students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of natural resource and conservation topics from 20 different hands-on presentations. The event is tremendously popular with teachers and students.

Yankton Area Missouri River Cleanup
The Yankton Area Missouri River Clean Up is held in May of each year. The river clean up is based out of the boat ramp at Riverside Park. Volunteers gather to collect trash, lumber, tires, and scrap metal along both sides of the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam to areas just downstream of Yankton. The annual Yankton Area Missouri River Clean Up makes the river cleaner and healthier for people and for fish and wildlife.

Invasive Species Awareness Event
The annual Invasive Species Awareness Event is held in May and/or June of each year at boat ramps and recreation areas above and below Gavins Point Dam. This event is an awareness activity to teach boaters and anglers how they can prevent the spread of invasive species. In the seven years of this event thousands of people have been given information on how to prevent the spread of invasive species, such as zebra mussels and Asian carp. People need to CLEAN, DRAIN, AND DRY their equipment every time they come off the water. The confirmation of a reproducing population of zebra mussels in Lewis and Clark Lake reaffirms the urgent need for this event. The Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River will coordinate with local, state and federal agencies and many other partners to get information out to people about the threat invasive species pose to our waters.

Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival
The Lake Yankton Outdoor Festival will is held at Lake Yankton in June of each year. The event gives people of all ages the opportunity to experience a fun-filled day with many river-related outdoor activities. There are opportunities to learn more about our natural resources. This event will has many activities the whole family will enjoy. It is a day of fun and the Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River hope you will come out.