Invasive Plant Removal Outings

Plant Removal Listings By Location

Please see the individual listings for each Maryland county that has submitted information. Be sure to contact each sponsor to confirm locations and schedules.

St. Mary's County: See Hellen Creek Preserve under Calvert County


The Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council's 2014 will focus on biocontrol of invasive species. Our goal is facilitate discussion and share paractical management advice among researchers, land managers, program coordinators, and policy makers. This event is free! For more information, please visit

Invasive Plant Removal in Northern Virginia

National Park Service, Turkey Run Park Weed Warriors

Dyke Marsh every Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm.

Arlington house 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Join our team in identifying non-native plant species that are negatively affecting our National Parks. 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 rocky terrain, and using hand tools (hand-saws, bow-saws, loppers, or hand-clippers) to cut invasive plants.  Additional physical demands 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.


Dyke Marsh is located near the Belle Haven Marina but areas we target can change weekly, so please contact us.

Arlington house is inside Arlington National Cemetery, accessible from the George Washington Parkway.


Christina deMariano, Biological Science Technician for George Washington Memorial Parkway, Phone 703-289-2545

Washington D.C.

Rock Creek National Park

Friends of Rock Creek's Environment

Event: 'Dumbarton Oaks Park Weeding Day'

Volunteer opportunities to help protect Rock Creek

Date: ongoing

Contact Info: Ann Aldrich



Join Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy for a weed removal day in a lovely section of Rock Creek Park in Georgetown. Tools, gloves, and snacks are provided. Meet at Dumbarton Oaks Park, R & 31st Street NW, at the top of Lover's Lane between Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks Park. Street parking is limited, so public transportation is recommended. Or park in one of the garages along Wisconsin, a 10-minute walk to Lover's Lane. RSVP to Ann Aldrich, aaldrich[@]

Rock Creek National Park
Rock Creek Conservancy

Description: Friends of Rock Creek's Environment is off to a great new year!

100 people cut and sawed invasive English ivy from trees along Normanstone Creek, a tributary of Rock Creek flowing near Mass Ave in DC. 30 more people hauled trash from Turkey Branch, a tributary of Rock Creek in the Aspen Hill neighborhood of Montgomery County. You too can take steps to help protect Rock Creek.  We are now gearing up for the Rock Creek EXTREME Cleanup, where we expect over 50 trash and invasive cleanups to span the length of Rock Creek.  

Contact: 202-237-8866

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. All invasive weed removal projects are from 9am to noon. Locations include:

Brighton Dam (Montgomery County)
Browns Bridge Recreation Area (Montgomery County)
Greenbridge Recreation Area (Montgomery County)
Pigtail Recreation Area (Howard County)
Scott's Cove (Howard County)
Supplee Lane Recreation Area (Prince George's County)
Triadelphia Recreation Area (Montgomery County)
Scott’s Cove 11000 Harding Road, Laurel

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.

Check the calendar or chapter pages for events in the above areas.
More Information: Kim Knox, WSSC's Community Outreach Manager, (301) 206-8233,

The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/District of Columbia
Weed Busters! Two years ago, we trained our first generation of Weed Watcher volunteers! Weed Watchers explore our preserves and map new occurrences of invasive plant species that threaten our native flora. The Conservancy's weed management philosophy emphasizes preventing new weed infestations to minimize the impact and expense of weed control.

The second part of this program is promptly controlling new weed infestations. That's where Weed Busters come in. Control may include pulling, cutting, digging roots, mowing, or applying herbicide to foliage or cut stumps. In some cases, we have enough advance notice to describe the projects on this website and in our volunteer newsletter, along with our other outdoor projects. In other cases, we won't have enough time.

So, we've developed a list of volunteers who want to be contacted about these short-notice field projects. If a given workday does not fit your schedule, we'll understand and hope to see you at the next one!  We conduct 6-10 weed control workdays throughout Maryland in a given growing season (April through November), and we hope that people on the Weed Busters list will be able to participate in 2 or more workdays per season.

If you'd like to be notified about these field projects, please send an e-mail to or call Kathryn E. Arion, Community Engagement Specialist at (301) 897-8570 or mobile  443-7865794. Thanks, and we hope to see you in the field!

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 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:

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.


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.


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.