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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!

Federal Government

Native Plants for Your Backyard (PDF | 97 KB)
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Joint Service publication may be useful to those involved with outreach/education concerning invasive plants, those representing the nursery industry, and just for general information. This two page fact sheet lists shrubs, trees, vines, wildflowers, and grasses appealing to wildlife.

Online Native Plant Center Helps Chesapeake Bay (PDF | 114 KB) (Jun 13, 2011)
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, Native Plant Centercan 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.

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

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

Keep a Lookout for Unwanted Invasive Plants / Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

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

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

Weed Watcher Program and Weed Watchers: An Association to Halt the Spread of Exotic Aquatic Plants (1999; PDF | 74 KB)
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Weed Watchers Program
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management. Lake and Ponds Program.

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

What You Can Do
Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species.


A Builder and Contractor's Guide to Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Weeds (PDF | 111 KB)
University of California. Cooperative Extension. El Dorado County Invasive Weed Management Group.

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.

Invaders of Texas Workshop Schedule / Citizen Scientist Program's Success Highlighted (Jun 1, 2011)
University of Texas - Austin. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
A program that harnesses volunteers throughout Texas to collect conservation data has been highlighted as a model citizen scientist program in the June issue of the journal Bioscience. More than 1,100 Texans have been trained by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Invaders of Texas Citizen Scientists Program to identify and report non-native invasive plants throughout the state. These citizen scientists have logged more than 12,000 observations of invasive plants on a publicly accessible online database that governmental agencies and resource managers can use to monitor the plants that compete with native plants.

The Second Great Air Potato Roundup
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Gainesville, Florida (Feb 3, 2001)
Despite the cold, overcast skies, more than 800 people showed up to "take back their natural areas, one potato at a time". Air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is a non-native invasive vine which has spread throughout much of Florida, as well as parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

What Can I Do?and Why Should I Care - Invasive Weeds of the Southwest
New Mexico State University; University of Arizona; Utah State University.


Stewardship and Invasive Species Programs - Ivy Busters
Stanley Park Ecological Society.


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

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

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.

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

Habitat Helpers Wanted - Volunteer Opportunities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Apr 2010)
Chesapeake Bay Journal.

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.

Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer
Western North Carolina Alliance.
The Western North Carolina Alliance is working with Equinox Environmental to control invasive plants. WNCA has volunteer opportunities for invasive exotic plant management along the Appalachian Trail in the Pisgah & Nantahala National Forests.

Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP)
Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
The 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.

Maine - How to Report Invasive Plants
Maine Volunteer Monitoring Program.

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

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.

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

Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council Volunteer Opportunities
Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council.

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.

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

Volunteer & Stewardship - Invasive Plant Program
Anacostia Watershed Society.

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

Weeding Invasives and Get Involved (Western Pennsylvania)
Natural Biodiversity.

What You Can Do
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

Why Should I Care About Invasive Plants? (PDF | 1.13 MB)
Midwest Invasive Plant Network.

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