Invasive Plant Removal Outings

Plant Removal Listings By Location

Please see the individual listings at left for each Maryland county that has submitted information. See also the information below for additional opportunities.  Be sure to contact each sponsor to confirm locations and schedules.


St. Mary's County, Hellen Creek Preserve

See Hellen Creek Preserve under Calvert County.


St. Mary's County, Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust

Weed Warriors (invasive plant removal on land trust properties and special public sites on occasional basis, and Mrytle Point Park once a month)

Contact:
Sharon Mattingly, Volunteer Coordinator 
Sharon.Mattingly@patuxent-tidewater.org
Sharon Saez, Executive Director
 

Invasive Plant Removal in Northern Virginia

National Park Service, George Washington Memorial Park
Various rolling locations: Turkey Run, Glen Echo, Fort Marcy, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Jones Point, Roaches Run, Daingerfield Island, Dyke Marsh, Fort Hunt
Every Friday: 9 am to 11 am

Join our team in identifying and removing non-native plant species that are negatively affecting our National Parks. Help us reduce the threat of non-native invasive plants, protect rare species and restore the biological and cultural integrity of National Park Service lands. Invasive plant removal requires walking on uneven and occasionally rocky terrain, and using hand tools (hand-saws, bow-saws, loppers, or hand-clippers) to cut invasive plants. Additional physical demands occasionally include the use of shovels and trowels while planting native plants, hauling excess debris, and standing for prolonged periods. Please wear work clothes (long sleeves and boots, etc.); we will provide tools and gloves but feel free to bring your own. Experience not necessary but we will be providing more formal training sessions in April.

We will feature a different location every week. For specific information, please contact us to join our list serv. Exact and advance schedule announcements will be sent out to those on the list serv.

Contact:
Kenneth J. Adams, Biological Science Technician for George Washington Memorial Parkway
Kenneth_Adams[@]nps.gov, Work: 571-384-0133


Dumbarton Oaks Park

Join us for our next
WINTER WEEDING DAY
Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Meet at the top of Lovers’ Lane on R Street NW.  (Lovers’ Lane is the paved, gated path off of R Street NW in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. It is located in between the Dumbarton Oaks estate and Montrose Park.)

What: Take part in the restoration of Dumbarton Oaks Park. We’ll remove invasive, non-native plant species from the historic landscape. Added benefits include learning some differences between native and non-native plant species, getting healthy exercise in the great outdoors, and meeting new people.
Bring: Yourself, friends, and a brown-bag lunch if desired.
Wear: Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear close-toed shoes, not sandals.
We Will Supply: Tools, gloves, water, snacks, and training.
RSVP: please email scott[@]dopark.org to RSVP.
For More Information: Please email scott[@]dopark.org.

Upcoming Events: Our volunteer days are ongoing and occur on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Community and Corporate Groups

Are you trying to find a volunteer opportunity for your school class, church, business, or work team? Several times each year, special groups assist us in our restoration efforts. For more information, please contact scott[@]dopark.org.

Ecological/Historical Studies

Dumbarton Oaks Park is a vibrant, urban park with remnants of oak and beech forest. It is also a prime example of the effects of stormwater runoff and invasive plants. The Conservancy will work with you to facilitate your research and study ideas. Please contact scott[@]dopark.org for more information.

For more information on volunteering, contact Scott Einberger, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy Program Director, at scott[@]dopark.org.


Rock Creek National Park

Rock Creek Conservancy

Description: Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. We invite volunteers to join us for our year round volunteer events that include invasive species removals, trash cleanups, storm drain markings, and many more. Please visit our website calendar for more information: http://bit.ly/1oiltxX

Contact: volunteer@rockcreekconservancy.org, 202-237-8866, www.rockcreekconservancy.org

Help Save Rock Creek's Trees

Rock Creek Conservancy has launched an initiative to save Rock Creek's trees. We're collaborating with the National Park Service and Montgomery County Parks to remove English ivy from park trees. We're also educating people about how to control ivy on trees in neighborhoods near Rock Creek. Please register for the events.  Please remember that you can't cut English ivy in the park on your own. You must have a National Park Service permit or be part of a volunteer group working with Park Service permission.  Inquiries about the RiverSmart Washington program should be directed to: Alex Sanders, Program Manager, (301) 579-3105, asanders[@]rockcreekconservancy.org

http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events

Please dress appropriately for the weather.  If it may be chilly, dress warmly and in layers. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals. Bring water. Tools and gloves will be provided. Feel free to bring your own tools and gloves if you have them. Students can earn SSL hours, but please bring needed forms.

 
Save Rock Creek Park Trees- Waterside Drive

Saturday, March 07, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Belmont Road Northwest & Tracy Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20008, USA

Join Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service volunteers to save park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and eventually weakens and kills the tree. Volunteers will cut ivy from tree trunks using hand tools. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. Ages 16 and up to use tools.

Location: Volunteers will meet at the intersection of Belmont Road and Tracy Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. Limited street parking is available nearby; please carpool or use public transportation. MetroRail access from Dupont Circle or Woodley Park.  Please allow at least 15-20 minutes to walk from the stations.  Buses N2, N3, N4, and N6 are within walking distance of the site.

Weather/Cancellation Policy: If it is raining or snowing on the morning of the event, it will be cancelled. All cancellations will be updated on the website.


Invasive English Ivy Removal- Melvin Hazen West

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rodman Street Northwest & Quebec Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20008, USA

Join Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service volunteers to save park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and eventually weakens and kills the tree.  Volunteers will remove ground ivy from the western section of Melvin Hazen Park before it has the chance to grow up trees. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. Ages 16 and up to use tools.

 
Save Rock Creek Park Trees- Rock Creek Parkway

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service volunteers to save park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and eventually weakens and kills the tree.  Volunteers will cut ivy from tree trunks using hand tools. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. Ages 16 and up to use tools.

Location: TBD. Check back for more details.

Weather/Cancellation Policy: If it is raining or snowing on the morning of the event, it will be cancelled. All cancellations will be updated on the website.


Invasive English Ivy Removal- Melvin Hazen West

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rodman Street Northwest & Quebec Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20008, USA

Join Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service volunteers to save park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and eventually weakens and kills the tree.  Volunteers will remove ground ivy from the western section of Melvin Hazen Park before it has the chance to grow up trees. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. Ages 16 and up to use tools.


Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

WSSC is doing invasive weed removal projects in Prince George's, Montgomery and Howard Counties at their recreation areas along the Patuxent. WSSC provides training, gloves and garden snippers. For more information, please contact Angela Ballard-Landers at angela.ballard-landers[@]wsscwater.com or 301-206-8204.

Getting Rid of the Kudzu and Other Weeds

Kudzu, an invasive weed from Asia, covers everything: trees, shrubs and other places that birds and other wildlife need in order to survive. We need your help in getting rid of kudzu in order to help the trees and wildlife to thrive.  Service learning hours available.

Environmental Stewardship

WSSC offers environmental stewardship opportunities for middle school, high school and college students who need to earn class credits as well as neighbors and organizations who want to help the environment.  The projects range from planting trees, picking up trash to watering seedlings.  For more information, call 301-206-8233 or email Toni.Stiefel[@]wsscwater.com.

An example of a project would be a Native Plant Garden at Brighton Dam.
Another example would be our Streambank Restoration Project at Scott's Cove.


The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/District of Columbia

The local chapter of The Nature Conservancy offers several outdoor volunteer opportunities, from invasive species removals to preserve monitoring to tree plantings. If you would like to be notified about these field projects, please contact Kate Arion at karion[@]tnc.org or (301) 897-8570 extension 204. You can also look for upcoming events on www.nature.org/dcevents.


Invasive Plant Removal Day – Register Your Site TODAY!

All across the mid-Atlantic states

Invasive Plant Removal Day started as a statewide event in Virginia aimed at engaging volunteers in managing invasive plants in natural areas across the Commonwealth. We're proud to have expanded the effort across the mid-Atlantic region to include seven states (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV). Groups such as Master Naturalist chapters and neighborhood organizations plan, organize, and run invasive plant removal events in their local communities. The events are posted on a central site, and volunteers are invited to find an event near them, and contact the event's organizer to register. Visit www.maipc.org/iprday to register a site or find a site near you to join.


Potomac Conservancy

Potomac Conservancy's Growing Native is a year-round volunteer project that helps to restore and protect rivers and streams in the Potomac River watershed. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds participate in Growing Native by collecting native tree seeds and planting trees along streams and rivers across the region. Not only are participants creating forests for tomorrow, they are also learning the important connection between healthy, forested lands and clean water.

Since Growing Native's inception in 2001, nearly 30,000 volunteers collected more than 94,000 pounds of acorns, walnuts, and other hardwood tree seeds. These seeds have generated seedlings that will be used to restore sensitive streamside lands.

Growing Native's efforts culminate in the fall, when we do large scale outreach to individuals, community groups, and local businesses to get involved while seeds are dropping on the ground! We invite people to volunteer by acting as Growing Native ambassadors, seed collection event coordinators, and Drop-off site coordinators.

More information: Contact Kate McNamee, Outreach Coordinator, Potomac Conservancy, 8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 612, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301.608.1188 x211. Website: www.potomac.org.


Class: Non-Native Invasive Plant Removal

Organizer: Casey Trees
Venue: Casey Trees Headquarters
3030 12th St NE, Washington, DC, 20017, United States

Come learn about non-native, invasive plants and how they are threatening our native landscapes. Participants will learn how to identify and control species of non-native, invasive plants found in the Washington, DC area including garlic mustard, mile-a-minute, and bush honeysuckle. Native alternatives to common non-native, invasive plants will also be discussed. The course consists of two parts on two different days: a 2.5 hour classroom session at the Casey Trees headquarters followed by a 3-hour field session in Rock Creek Park.

Getting There

The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10-minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accommodate bicycles on-site.

Instructors:
Ana Chuquin, Rock Creek National Park
Mary Farrah, UDC Cooperative Extension Service
Damien Ossi, District Department of the Environment

Who Should Attend?
Open to the general public for those interested in learning to identify non-native, invasive plants found in the region and how to control these species.

Meals
All attendees will be provided with a light dinner. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.

Continuing Education Credits
ISA Continuing Education Credits pending.