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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.

This Week in the Woods

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

  • November 17- The witch hazel is blooming. The weather has been so warm, as a common buckeye* was also spotted this week. *note, not the plant kind.

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

Meet the Weed Warriors

Carole
Warrior-in-Chief Carole

Carole Bergmann is the woman who dreamed up this whole project over 15 years ago. As a young natural resource manager she was at the forefront of noticing the effects non-native invasives were having on the forest ecosystem. Trees were falling, birds were leaving and the parks were not the same. Working with Friends groups and volunteers, Carole laid the foundation for one of the most outstanding (I'm not just saying that) non-native invasive species control programs in the country. Now, as Forest Ecologist for Montgomery Parks, Carole leads the Weed Warriors in the effort to manually control non-native invasive plants. Check out the updated and revised Best Management Practices methodology handbook.

Event Highlights

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

First Saturday Workdays

Saturday, December 5, 10:00-12:00NOON
Join us on our workday to learn to id non-native invasive plants and the natives that should be there! You do not have to be a certified weed warrior to volunteer. RSVP by December 4 to Meghan at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Saturday, January 2, 12:00-2:00PM
Join us on our workday to learn to id non-native invasive plants and the natives that should be there! You do not have to be a certified weed warrior to volunteer. RSVP by January 1 to Meghan at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Supervisor-led Events

Be sure to check out the Park Events Calendar to see a current listing of all Weed Warrior events.

First Wednesday of the month, December 2, 10:00-11:30AM, January 6, 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, December 5, 10:00-11:30AM, January 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, December 13, 9:00-11:00AM, January 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, November 21 9:00-11:00AM, December 19 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, November 21 9:00-12:00PM, December 19 9:00-12:00PM
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, November 21 9:00-11:00AM, December 19 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. We will resume trainings in April 2016. Please register here for Weed Warrior for a Day activities.

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! rock creek conservancy volunteer

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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