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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. Find out more about the problem with invasive plants and how you can help in our Learning Center.

Weed Warriors testing new toolsWeeds in the News

Trying New Things

In the war on weeds, mechanical removal is the preferred method wherever and whenever possible. However, this is not always the most efficient way to approach the problem. Our weed warrior program has been researching an alternative method as reported in a Smithsonian Magazine article, A New Weapon in the War on Weeds: Flamethrowers.

Event Highlights

Find details about all Weed Warrior events on our Weed Warrior Event Page or the Park Events Calendar.

Supervisor-led Events

Find details about all Weed Warrior events on our Weed Warrior Event Page or the Park Events Calendar.

First Wednesday of the month, April 6, 10:00-11:30AM, May 4, 10:00-11:30AM
Keep the trees of the Capital Crescent Trail standing and invasive plant free. Find out more and RSVP to Dave at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

First Saturday of the month, April 2, 10:00-11:30AM
Work by the ponds at Maydale Conservation Park. Find out more and RSVP to Ellen at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org

Second Saturday of the month, April 9, 9:00-11:00AM
Go behind the scenes at Sligo Golf Course. Find out more and RSVP to Woody at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Last Saturday of the month, March 26 9:00-11:00AM, April 30 9:00-11:00AM
Preserve the legacy of Sligo Creek. Find out more and RSVP to Greg at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Second to Last Saturday of the month, March 19 9:00-11:00AM, April 21 9:00-11:00AM
Explore the insiders guide to Watts or Muddy Branch. Learn meeting location and more with an RSVP to Ken at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Second to Last Saturday of the month, March 19 9:00-11:00AM, April 21 9:00-11:00AM
Preserve the neighborhood at Elmhirst Parkway Park. Learn meeting location and more with an RSVP to Barbara at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Sundays, 1:00-3:00PM
Join the Sunday crew that keep Little Falls Stream Valley's invasive plants under control. Meeting point varies week to week. Learn meeting location and more with an RSVP to Celia at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Volunteer Basics

Weed Warrior training icon Becoming a Certified Weed Warrior is easy!

We offer trainings from April to October, usually the fourth Wednesday of the month. In the meantime, please register here for Weed Warrior for a Day activities.

The Weed Warriors are searching for a new Coordinator. Training opportunities will resume as soon as possible. Please join us for a Supervisor led workday, RSVP through mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

 
Special Projects

Are you interested in joining in a Special Project Weed Warrior project for a day? You can search the Park Events Calendar or the Volunteer Services Office Weed Warrior 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
Weed warrior video imageExisting Weed Warriors
Did You Know? Weed 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!

rock creek conservancy volunteerThank you to all of our volunteers!

We've had 48 volunteers become certified this year (with another 35 still working on completing training). Thank you for your tremendous interest and passion about providing native habitats on parkland.

We've also completed over 4000 hours of service so far in 2015, with hundreds of hours donated by our partners, Friends of Sligo Creek, Little Falls Watershed Alliance and Rock Creek Conservancy (among many others).

Thanks so much to our regular Weed Warriors and our Warrior for a Day recruits!

Contact Us

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

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