Want to help the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed habitats? These organizations are looking for volunteers to help remove invasive exotic species at sites throughout the watershed.
Patapsco Valley State Park
Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, in Halethorpe, MD, needs volunteers to remove nonnative vines that have killed or broken trees in the area. Contact: Jim Palmer at J.G.Palmer@jhuapl.edu, 410-948-4796, or visit www.dnc.state.md.us/publiclands/central/patapscovolunteer.html.
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian, MD, needs volunteers to adopt a plot of land in the sanctuary in which to monitor, map and manage invasive species throughout the year. Contact: Lindsey at 410-741-9330, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy needs volunteers, ages 12+, to adopt a tree planting site or maintain them by watering, removing nearby invasive plants, and securing stakes and marking dead trees. Contact: Peggy Perry at 410-668-0118, email@example.com.
Hellen Creek Preserve
The Hellen Creek Forest and Wildlife Preserve, in Lusby, MD, needs volunteers to help remove invasive plants and restore habitat. Contact: Bob Boxwell at 410-610-5124, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Potomac Gorge
Help remove invasive plants in the Potomac Gorge, a 15-mile stretch of river valley between Great Falls and Georgetown, MD. Weed Warrior training sessions will discuss nonnative plant species. Volunteers may opt to adopt an area and work independently. Contact: Mary Travaglini at 301-897-8570 x210, PotomacGorgeVol@tnc.org.
Help remove invasive species at Suitland Bog in Suitland, MD. Contact: Chris Garrett or John Dillon at 301-627-7755.
Woodend Nature Sanctuary
The Audubon Naturalist Society's Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD, needs volunteers to remove invasive plants 9:30 a.m. to noon on selected Saturdays. Training is provided at group sessions; trained volunteers may be authorized to work independently. Contact: Liz Jones at 301-652-9188 x30, email@example.com.
Watkins Regional Park
Help remove invasive species at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, MD. Contact: John Dillon or Chris Garrett at 301-627-7755.
Help the MNCPPC Cheverly Conservation Corps and Friends of Lower Beaverdam Creek remove invasive plants in Euclid Woods Park in Cheverly, MD. Contact Matt Salo at 301-341-1261.
Herring Run Watershed
The Herring Run Watershed Association needs volunteers to remove invasive plants in Baltimore City parks. Contact: Ashley Traut at 410-254-1577 x103, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.herringrun.org
Become a Weed Warrior
Volunteers are needed to remove nonnative invasive plants from M-NCPPC parks in Montgomery County, MD. Become a Certified Weed Warrior by completing a one-hour online course and a two-hour field training session with a forest ecologist. Volunteers learn identification, removal techniques and control strategies for the most harmful invasive plants species. Once certified, volunteers can work at their own pace or join Special Project Weed Warriors, which helps community groups learn to identify and remove species and then spend a couple of hours tackling invasive species on county parkland. Contact: Paul Carlson at 301-942-4709 (Certified) or Lynette Scaffidi 301-949-0223 (Special Projects) or www.weedwarrior.org.
The Nature Conservancy MD/DC
The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/District of Columbia is looking for Weed Busters to explore preserves and map new occurrences of invasive plant species that threaten native flora. The conservancy's management philosophy emphasizes preventing new infestations to minimize the impact and expense of control. Weed busters also help to control these species by pulling, cutting, digging roots, mowing or applying herbicide to foliage or cut stumps. Contact: Deborah Barber at email@example.com or 301-897-8570.
Help remove invasive species in Belt Woods in Bowie MD. Contact: 301-390-0797, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adkins Arboretum, in Ridgely, MD, needs volunteers to remove invasive nonnative plants. Workdays are flexible. Contact: Sue Wyndham at 410-634-2847 x24, ?email@example.com or Eleanor Altman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, at the confluence of the Chester River and the Chesapeake on Maryland's Eastern Shore, needs volunteers to remove wineberries and garlic mustard. Contact: Rachel at 410-639-2108.