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.
Weed Warriors are out in the parks every day. Here we share some of our latest finds.
- May 5- The scents are amazing - from chocolate vine, to wisteria and autumn olive. Let your nose guide you to some of the plants!
Find out more about the problem with invasive plants and how you can help in our Learning Center.
First Saturday Workdays
Saturday, June 6, 10:00-12:00PM
We'll take a look at the Purdum Trail of Little Bennett Park. We could encounter Japanese barberry, straggler garlic mustards or who knows what. There will be plenty of natives mixed in to be able to practice seeing what is supposed to be all over Montgomery County! You do not have to be a certified weed warrior to volunteer. RSVP by June 3 to Meghan at email@example.com.
Sunday, June 28, 9:00-11:00AM
The fist Saturday in July is a holiday (happy birthday, USA), so let's meet a little earlier and tackle some porcelainberry (and/or other vines) in Rock Creek Park. There will be plenty of work, so bring your friends (4 legged as well). RSVP by June 25 to Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to check out the Park Events Calendar to see a current listing of all Weed Warrior events.
Saturdays, May 30 10:00-12:00PM
Join the neighbors of Locust Hill to uncover the hidden gem of Elmhirst Parkway Park a tributary to Rock Creek Stream Valley. RSVP to Anne at email@example.com to get details.
Last Saturday of the month, May 30 9:00-11:00AM, June 27 8:00-10:00AM
Preserve the legacy of Sligo Creek. Find out more and RSVP to Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second to Last Saturday of the month, May 23 9:00-12:00PM
Explore the insiders guide to Watts or Muddy Branch. Learn meeting location and more with an RSVP to Ken at email@example.com.
Fourth Saturday of the month, May 23, June 27 10:00-12:00PM
The Rachel Carson Greenway Trail and Northwest Branch Trails are some of the wildest trails. Meet at the Burnt Mills Dam. Learn meeting location and more with an RSVP to Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sundays, through May 17, 1:00-3:00PM
Sunday afternoons are the perfect day to protect the trees. Find out more about the efforts at Little Falls and RSVP to Celia at email@example.com.
Becoming a Certified Weed Warrior is easy!
We offer trainings from April to October, usually the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration is now open for trainings through July, please register here.
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.
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.
- Did You Know - episode #41 - note: the Weed Warriors spot will start at the10 minute mark.
Thank you to all of our volunteers!
Each spring, garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) carpets parkland. This non-native invasive will outcompete native spring wildflowers if left unmanaged. Join the hundreds of volunteers that contribute to removing thousands of pounds of garlic mustard every year. There is an event every weekend between now and mid-May, come see us in the parks.
Thanks so much to our regular Weed Warriors and our Warrior for a Day recruits!
Please email our Volunteer Coordinator for more information and to register for training at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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