Pick Up the Patch
PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
Keeping Our Communities and Roadways Litter-Free.
From snowmelt to snowfall, the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation and industry members and employees team up with members of the community to help keep our communities and roadways clean with huge community-wide events, Adopt-a-Highway programs, or just by stopping to pick up trash as needed.
The program also encourages companies to create a “no-litter” culture by:
- Including trash disposal in employee training.
- Making a staff person responsible for cleaning work areas.
- Reminding crew not to litter during daily briefings and include trash bags in company vehicles.
- Taking part in statewide efforts like Adopt-A-Highway and Keep North Dakota Clean.
- Working with local communities.
Pick Up the Patch was launched in 2012, and since then, has helped clean and maintain hundreds of miles of roadways. If you’re interested in hosting an event or are looking for volunteers to help with your own community clean-up, contact us using the form below.
Friday, May 6 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Contact the Minot EDC to get a location. Garbage bags are also available.
Our Programs and Initiatives
The North Dakota Petroleum Foundation operates several programs, events and initiatives aimed at providing and supporting education and outreach opportunities related to the oil and gas industry; developing and advancing quality of life initiatives; and, promoting and enhancing the conservation heritage of North Dakota.
BAKKEN ROCKS COOKFEST
Held in two communities each summer, this free festival offers food, music, games and activities for kids, and the opportunity to meet and learn from oil and gas companies and their employees operating in our state.
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE
Planting for the Future is a habitat and conservation program that provides trees and shrubs for large-scale planting projects to private landowners, city and county parks, and others interested in building habitat for the future.
TEACHER EDUCATION SEMINAR
This seminar offers educators the opportunity to earn continuing education credits while learning about the oil industry, touring a rig and other oilfield facilities, ideas to take back to the classroom.
NORTH DAKOTA ENERGY EDUCATION
The ND Energy Education program offers free educational tools, resources and seminars to both students and teachers to help them learn more about North Dakota's oil and natural gas industry and explore energy in STEM.
AL GOLDEN SCHOLARSHIP
Named after North Dakota oil pioneer, the Al Golden Scholarship awards a $2,000 scholarship each year to up to nine students pursuing post-secondary education or training in an energy-related field.
PICK UP THE PATCH
This award-winning program brings oil and natural gas companies and their employees together with members of the community to keep our communities and roadways clean with huge community-wide events and Adopt-a-Highway programs.
BAKKEN CLASSIC club
The Bakken Classic Club is dedicated to enhancing habitat and access to the outdoors throughout North Dakota. Members participate in the annual Bakken Classic Fishing Derby to raise money for conservation projects and partner organizations.
CHARITY & INITIATIVES
The North Dakota Petroleum Foundation continues to support and partner with charitable and civic organizations through sponsorship, in-kind assistance and contributions, volunteerism, and resource drives, and more.
The North Dakota Petroleum Foundation's programs and initiatives are made possible by annual support and donations from sponsors and partners.