Biodiversity & Community
What’s a Weed Warrior?
Weed Warriors are a community of volunteers trained by the National Park Service to identify and remove invasive plants. This task is critical in the effort to increase biodiversity and improve habitat on our public lands.
How do you get involved?
Volunteer at our group events to learn the ropes. Our members will help you with plant ID and invasive removal techniques. Formal trainings are held approximately twice each year for those who wish to become permitted Weed Warriors, authorized by NPS to work alone at specific sites.
Already a Weed Warrior?
See the upcoming events below for opportunities to work alongside other weed warriors in various sections of the park. This is a great way to connect with your fellow volunteers, learn more, put your skills to broader use, and see invasive and native plants in new contexts.
ROCR Weed Warrior Program Featured in Webinar
Rock Creek Park’s “Innovative Volunteer Weed Warrior Program” was the subject of a recent NPS webinar. A link to the recording will be available soon. About the series:
The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss require both collective and individual actions – the concept of “think globally, act locally” is more important than ever. Join this special NPS Connected Conservation (C2) Webinar Mini-Series to learn how individuals can help parks and nature conservation by living more sustainably, volunteering, recreating responsibly, and motivating one another to take conservation actions.
Invasive Plant ID Resource
Need an overview of invasive plants in our area? See Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, used as a textbook for the weed warrior trainings. This latest edition includes some new species and an expanded reference section.
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