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To help fight the battle against invasive plants, we are looking for you to lend a helping hand! Join us for one of several invasive plant pull projects in a number of different M-NCPPC parklands. With the help of your muscle power and hand tools, we will manually remove non-native vines and shrubs and save the mature trees and other native plants . Together we will Save the Forest. Your help during one of these projects could make a difference for years to come!

Events are listed below and on the Park Events Calendar.

Weed Warrior Training iconCertified Weed Warrior Training

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

Special Events

grouppull Adults and children learn to work together at group events.

Corporate or Group Projects

Are you interested in joining in having a Weed Warrior workday for your company or organization? Each year we work with corporations to provide a quality work/service opportunity. We also enable community groups, regligious groups, scouts and other service organizations to participate in stewardship of parkland. Email mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org for more information and to schedule a group project.

Ongoing Events

Natural Resource Staff Events

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Weed Warriors work together on English ivy at Reddy Branch.

2016 Schedule TBD
When scheduled, Weed Warriors and Natural Resources staff will meet on the first Saturday of the month at various parks around the county. You do not need to be certified to attend one of these events. Email our Volunteer Coordinator at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org for more information.

Supervisor-led Events

CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL | LITTLE FALLS & NORWOOD | MAYDALE | MUDDY BRANCH & BLOCKHOUSE | RACHEL CARSON GREENWAY & NW BRANCH | SLIGO CREEK | WATTS BRANCH

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These students participated with the Friends of Sligo Creek.

janeworking Supervising Weed WarriorJane tackles mile-a-minute.

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Student holds giant garlic mustard leaf.

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WW Simonetta takes on oriental bittersweet.

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Volunteers remove bush honeysuckle.

 

Capital Crescent Trail
The 1st Wednesday of the month, rain or shine
October thru May at 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Meet at the gravel parking lot at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave and Little Falls Parkway. Help us save the magnificent native trees along Little Falls Branch and the Capital Crescent Trail! Join Weed Warrior Supervisor, David Brooks, as we manually remove the invasive vines from trees along this much-used trail. English ivy vines cover the trees, slowly killing them. The vines also harbor a bacterial leaf scorch that affects a wide variety of native and ornamental trees. Other invasive vines completely engulf the trees, shading them out and overburdening them with added weight, causing the trees to topple. Contact Dave with your questions or to let him know you are coming at brooks1944@verizon.net. - map

Little Falls Stream Valley and Norwood Park
Alternating Sundays, several Saturdays each month
Year-round most from 10:00AM - NOON
Meet at various places around the Little Falls Stream Watershed. Join the Little Falls Watershed Weed Warriors to manually remove the invasive vines from trees, pull garlic mustard or wineberry, or cut and pull other plants depending on the season and the weather. Your work will help preserve mature trees and maintain healthy ecosystems for all native plants. Tools and gloves provided. See the Little Falls Watershed Alliance calendar (www.LFWA.org/events) for a full list of events. - map

Maydale Conservation Park
One Friday per month, dates vary
October to May, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Join the Maydale Weed Warriors to remove invasive plants from Maydale Park, which is part of the upper Paint Branch Stream Valley Park. Meet in the parking lot of the former Maydale Nature Center: 1638 Maydale Drive, Colesville, MD 20905. Cancelled in snow, thunderstorms or heavy rain. Registration requested for updates due to weather. RSVP: Ellen at elandonmann@verizon.net. - map

Muddy Branch Greenway Trail System / Blockhouse Point Conservation Park
The next-to-last Saturday of each month, rain or shine. Odd numbered months (1,3,5,7,9,11)
Year-round at 9:00AM-12:00NOON
Join Weed Warrior Supervisor Ken Bawer to manually remove invasive shrubs and vines. The Muddy Branch Weed Warrior Project will be crucial to controlling the spread of non-native invasive (NNI) plants in this stream valley and in one of the most unique parks in the county system. You’ll learn what NNIs are, the problems they create, and then help pull and cut them. You’ll also learn to identify key native plants along the way. SSL hours available for students. No one under 16 may use tools, no one under 14 may be present without an parent or guardian. Bring gloves and tools; dress for the outdoors. Meeting locations in the park will vary along the trail, Gaithersburg to Potomac, MD. Please check the Muddy Branch Alliance Web site (www.muddybranch.org) for the next location or contact Ken Bawer at kbawer@msn.com or 240-744-6306 after 8:30AM the morning of the event. - map

Rachel Carson Greenway Trail - Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park
The fourth Saturday of each month, canceled in heavy rain.
March to October 10 AM - 12:00 NOON
After a short three years - the Weed Warriors at Burnt Mills Dam in Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park are moving upstream! The fourth Saturday of the month will find Supervisor Larry Hush leading these intrepid mountain goat/volunteers to manually remove invasive vines and other troublesome plants from the spectacular woodlands along Northwest Branch. Come help protect this Montgomery Parks treasure. RSVP to Larry at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org. - map

Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park
Dates, times and meeting locations in the park will vary, rain or shine.
Year-round
Check the FOSC website at: www.fosc.org/RIPEventSched.htm for the latest schedule.
Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park is home to a large and active friends group called Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC). A number of Weed Warrior Supervisors who are also FOSC members will lead invasive plant removal projects throughout the park. They need your help to strengthen their efforts to preserve the park’s large canopy trees. Please join them. Contact FOSC’s invasive plant project leader Jim Anderson to learn more or inquire about group projects at janderso1@mac.com.

Watts Branch
The next-to-last Saturday of each month, rain or shine. Even numbered months (2,4,6,8,10,12)
Year-round at 9:00AM - NOON

Join Weed Warrior Supervisor Ken Bawer to manually remove invasive shrubs and vines from this Montgomery Parks Best Natural Area. Exact location to vary each event based on the greatest need - do register, this park has no formal trail system, so you'll need directions. You’ll learn what NNIs are, the problems they create, and then help pull and cut them. You’ll also learn to identify key native plants along the way. SSL hours available for students. No one under 16 may use tools, no one under 14 may be present without an parent or guardian. Bring gloves and tools; dress for the outdoors. Please check the Watts Branch Watershed Alliance Facebook site (www.facebook.com/WattsBranchWatershedAlliance) for the next location or contact Ken Bawer at kbawer@msn.com or 240-744-6306 after 8:30AM the morning of the event. Cancelled in snow, thunderstorms or heavy rain. - map

Certified Weed Warrior Training

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class Certified Weed Warrior training has classroom, online and field sections.

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

Certified Weed Warrior training occurs April through October and includes a 2-hour field training class with our forest ecologist, a 2-part online course, and a supervised workday. After you register for the field training class, you will be given information needed to access the online training modules and to register for a workday.

Field Training Classes

Certified Weed Warrior field training classes run from April through October. The training sessions are open to anyone who would like to learn more about non-native invasive plants. This training complements the online training modules and is geared toward those who intend to become Certified Weed Warrior volunteers. Topics covered during field training sessions include:

  • Identification of non-native invasive plants found in park natural areas
  • Removal and control techniques suitable for park lands
  • How to stay safe in the woods
  • Procedures for becoming a Weed Warrior
  • Weed Warrior responsibilities & allowed activities
Training Dates

Trainings are two hours long and occur between April and October each year. You must register on-line using our volunteer management system (links below, scroll to the "Weed Warrior Training" item). For information about upcoming events, or how to volunteer now, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org.

Unless otherwise noted, field training classes are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. near Meadowside Nature Center in Rock Creek Regional Park. NOTE: You must be at least 16 years old on the day of the field training to become a Certified Weed Warrior.

Registration

All volunteers, please register through our online volunteer registration. Once you register for a field training date, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator by email. You will be given further instructions once you are registered.

Registration for a field training class is required to be able to access to the online training modules. Classes are limited to 18, so we need to know in advance if you plan to attend and how to contact you in case training is cancelled. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator at mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.org If you have any questions and for more information about the registration process

Contact Us

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

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