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Most natural communities support a great variety of native plants and animals. Such biodiversity is threatened when a few plant species take over and dominate the herbaceous, shrub, and canopy layers of a forest.

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REGISTER NOW - Next training: OCTOBER 22nd
Becoming a Certified Weed Warrior is easy. We offer trainings from April to October, usually the fourth Wednesday of the month. - find out more

Weed Warrior 15th anniversary badgeThis Week in the Woods

Weed Warriors are out in the parks every day. Here we share some of our latest finds.

  • September 30- "Who cook's for you?" Have you heard the barred owls calling? they may begin to look for nest sites in October.

Meet the Weed Warriors

In this 15th year of the Weed Warriors, we'd like to take the time to introduce 15 of our volunteers. Our volunteers are people just like you, working to make a difference.

Mark
Weed Warrior Mark

Weed Warrior Mark is a new recruit. After retiring he enjoys working with Weed Warrior teams all over the county with an especial passion for searching out wavy leaf basket grass. No NNI is too small or too large, like many of our volutneers, Mark answers the call to remove invasives as the need arrise. Thank you Mark.

Event Highlights

Find more Weed Warrior events listed on our Weed Warrior Event Page and the Park Events Calendar.

First Saturday Workday

Saturday, November 1, 10:00AM- 12:00NOON
Norwood Local Park in the Little Falls Stream Valley has been the focus of intense bush honeysuckle removal efforts. Come join us as we work to restore this habitat into a wildlife and pollinator friendly meadow. We will be installing several hundred native herbaceous (non-woody) plants. RSVP by October 29 to mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

On the 15s

Wednesday, October 15, 6:45 -8:00pm
Turning the Tide on Invasive Plants: Eradication Toolbox (FREE lecture)Wed, October 15, 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Ln., Rockville 20855
Non-native invasive species are destructive to local habitats, wildlife and native plants. Most species are so abundant that management efforts are aimed at reclamation and restoration. One group of invasives, the early detection species, is not common and therefore can be eradicated with simple steps. Montgomery Parks' Meghan Fellows will discuss the tools land managers and volunteers use to keep these troublemakers at bay. Check-in and refreshments at 6:45 pm, then the one-hour lecture begins at 7 pm, followed by a Q & A session. Register at ParkPASS.org (293528)

Volunteer Basics

Weed Warrior training icon

REGISTER NOW - Next training: OCTOBER 22nd.
Becoming a Certified Weed Warrior is easy. We offer trainings from April to October, usually the fourth Wednesday of the month. -.

Special Projects

Are you interested in joining in a Special Project Weed Warrior project for a day? Click here to search the Park Events Calendar for volunteer opportunities. Click here to search the current individual Volunteer Services Office listings.

  • No experience is necessary. We will train you on-site
  • The minimum age for most projects is 14
  • Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • We are Student Service Learning (SSL) approved
  • Wear clothes that are good for working in the out-of-doors
  • Bring gloves, pruners, and water - we will have extras on-site if you don't have them
  • We work rain or shine, however, thunderstorms do cancel the project

Existing Weed Warriors report your hours here.

Weed warrior video imageWeed Warriors on County Cable Montgomery

Some our favorite Weed Warriors did a video interview for "Did You Know?", a local cable show for County Cable Montgomery. If you ever wanted to know what we do, and why, watching this will get you up to speed.

Thank You!

Thank you to all of our volunteers!


volunteers workingHardworking Weed Warriors removed over 5000 square feet of porcelainberry along Rock Creek near the boundary with Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

Contact Us

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator for more information and to register for training at: mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org

Happy 15th Anniversary Weed Warriors
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