Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Adopt a Highway

A program that turns community involvement into cleaner roadsides

Adopt a Highway volunteers may resume picks, please read new guidelines under the volunteer section before your pick.

Safety and parking

Watch the safety video above prior to each pick.

Safety first, safety always

  • Group leaders are responsible to ensure that each volunteer reviews the safety information, are able to work safely and understand the requirements listed in the AAH guidelines.
  • Volunteers should know that they will work in a potentially hazardous environment and must agree to diligently follow all safety requirements. Failure to comply with safety requirements could result in cancellation of the agreement.
  • Be aware of ticks, snakes and other animals you may encounter during the pick.
  • Avoid poison ivy, wild parsnips (PDF), or other noxious weeds. Stay away from recently applied herbicides.
  • Avoid abandoned containers, regulated waste and hazardous materials - DO NOT TOUCH!
    • If you find any materials such as propane tanks, hypodermic needles or syringes, explosives, dead animals, abandoned containers*, sharp objects or heavy/large items; please mark the location and notify your AAH coordinator. MnDOT personnel will manage this waste.

      *Abandoned containers include: drums, buckets, cans with lids, etc.
      Keep a safe distance and stay up wind. Call 911 if emergency.

  • If you notice any of the following conditions in water areas contact your AAH coordinator to report possible illicit discharge:
    • Sheen
    • Color/unusual appearance
    • Staining
    • Erosion or high flow
    • Odor


  • Carpool to the site whenever possible and park in a nearby parking lot.
  • There is no parking on state right of way unless your AAH coordinator gives permission.
  • If your pick site is an interstate highway, contact your AAH coordinator for specific instructions.
  • Volunteers working along the interstate must be 18-years old or older.