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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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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.

  • July 28 - Rattlesnake plantain. Look for the brightly patterned green and whit leaves, and a few plants will reward you with the white spike of flowers.

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.

Vine-a-palooza

Wednesday, August 20, 9:00AM- 11:00AM
Help keep the vines from the woods! Join us as we tour the meadows of Meadowside Nature Center, selectively removing invasive vines such as bittersweet, porcelainberry and mile-a-minute. Please RSVP by noon, August 18 to mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

First Saturday Workday

Saturday, September 6, 9:00AM- 11:00AM
We will return to the restoration site at Kingsly Schoolhouse. We'll remove the mile-a-minute and prepare the site for replanting with native vegetation, expanding on the area from last year. We will also replant some native herbaceous plants. Come learn about the tools we use and remove on of the non-native invasive pests from our woods. RSVP by July 31 to mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

On the 15s

Friday, August 15, 9:00AM- 11:00AM
Celebrate the Weed Warriors' 15th year with us on the 15th of each month. This month the Weed Warriors will tour the Pope Nursery, where many of the native plants we use in restoration are propagated. RSVP by August 13 to mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Volunteer Basics

Weed Warrior training icon

REGISTER NOW - Next training: AUGUST 27th
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!


large toolThe weather has turned hot, but the volunteers are just getting started. Last week we took out a bunch of bittersweet, bush honeysuckle and porcelainberry with the help of this forestry head, a tool paid for by the Little Falls Watershed Alliance. Look to this site for a restoration of native wildflowers, grasses and trees over the next few years.

 

 

 

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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