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What You Can Do

Provides information about volunteer opportunities and other ways that the average citizen can help to control invasive plants, organized alphabetically. See News and Events - What You Can Do for general resources and other species.

Pacific Northwest (PNW) Invasive Plant Council Volunteer Opportunities - Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) Invasive Plant Project
Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council.
The PNW Invasive Plant Council is working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and other state and local conservation groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. They are excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire their current volunteer base to search for and eradicate invasive plant populations in Washington state. See how you can help as a Citizen Scientist to help detect newly established invasive species!

Council or Task Force

Don't Plant a Pest!
California Invasive Plant Council.

Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council - Get Involved
Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council.

The Landowners Guide to Exotic Plants: Stop the Problem Before It Starts
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Commit to be PlantWise
Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (Canada).


Chesapeake Bay Native Plant Center
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; DOI. FWS. Chesapeake Bay Field Office.
A new tool to help citizens in the Chesapeake Bay watershed select native plants is now available. Users of the portal can search for native plants by name, plant type, sun exposure, soil texture and moisture, and even find native plants with the same shape, color, size or other characteristics as some of their favorite non-native plants. The site also includes a geo-locator feature to identify plants suited to a user's specific location. For more information, see the Chesapeake Bay Field Office.

Air Potato Patrol
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The Air Potato Patrol is a citizen science project that involves scientists and researchers with the USDA and the State of Florida and of course you — citizens concerned about the effects of invasive species on our economy and environment.

Get Involved
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (New York).

Why Should I Care About Invasive Plants? (PDF | 1.13 MB)
Midwest Invasive Plant Network.
See also: MIPN Products and Publications for more resources

Invaders of Texas: A Citizen Science Program to Detect and Report Invasive Species
Volunteer "citizen scientists" are trained using a specially developed Invasive Species Early Detection and Reporting Kit. With this kit, volunteers can help detect invaders' arrival and dispersal in their own local areas. Volunteers will conduct surveys in the field to look for and record the presence or absence of target invasive plant species.

Federal Government

Volunteers and Invasive Plants: Learning and Lending a Hand
DOI. FWS. National Wildlife Refuge System.
Includes five learning modules aimed at engaging volunteers and the public in invasive plant issues and management. Explore topics ranging from the invasion process, to management methods, to tips for giving presentations to refuge visitors, and much more.

Weed Watchers: A Volunteer-Based Invasive Plant Early Detection Program
DOI. NPS. Inventory & Monitoring Program. San Francisco Bay Area Network.

State Government

Michigan Invasive Species - Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species
State of Michigan.

Remove Invasive Plants (RiP) Volunteer Program
Arlington County Department of Environment (Virginia).

Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program
Fairfax County Park Authority (Virginia).

Weed Warriors
Montgomery County Parks (Maryland). Park Planning and Stewardship Division.

NHDES Volunteer Weed Watcher Program
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

What Can I Do about Invasive Plants? (scroll to view)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


A Homeowner's Guide to Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species: How You Can Make a Difference (2013; PDF | 6.0 MB)
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

A Landowner's Guide to Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Weeds (PDF | 84 KB)
University of California. Cooperative Extension. El Dorado County Invasive Weed Management Group.
See also: El Dorado County Invasive Weed Management Group for more prevention resources

Native Plant Information Network - Find Plants
University of Texas - Austin. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Native Plant Information Network.
Offers a wide variety of publications with native plant information; how to use native plants in your home garden, your business, or your local school. Also provides regional native plant information for eight U.S. geographic regions.


Control of Invasive Non-Native Plants: A Guide for Gardeners and Homeowners in the Mid-Atlantic Region (PDF | 121 KB)
Maryland Native Plant Society.

Garlic Mustard Challenge
The Stewardship Network.
Garlic mustard threatens the abundant wildflowers and diverse forest ecosystem of Michigan. Each year between mid-April through late June, this project challenges folks to collaboratively remove at least 100,000 lbs of garlic mustard throughout the state. In 2010, 243,216 lbs of garlic mustard were pulled!

Go Native
Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Invasive Plant Patrol
Lake Stewards of Maine.
Special Note: Formerly known as the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. The Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) program promotes prevention, early detection and rapid response at the local level by providing training, educational materials, resources and technical support to groups and individuals across the State of Maine.

Is Your Bird Feeder a Weed Seeder?
Weed Science Society of America.

Native Plant Buyers: Shopping Cards for Retail Nurseries
Maryland Native Plant Society.

New England Plant Conservation Volunteers
New England Wild Flower Society. Conservation Department.

Get Involved: Volunteer Opportunities
Arizona Native Pant Society.
Provides volunteer opportunities to help with important plant surveys, seed collecting, and contribute to the restoration of degraded habitat. These opportunities help link AZNPS members with land managers and allied conservation organizations.

Volunteer Coordination and Outreach Tools
Produced by: The Nature Conservancy.

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