Have you ever wanted to know more about invasive species in the Washington DC area? For example, why is bush honeysuckle an invasive species? How to tell the difference between native grape and porcelain berry? Then we highly recommend you register to attend a 2-day Weed Warrior training (5 hours total) offered by the National Park Service. This virtual and in-person course covers the basics of invasion ecology, removal techniques, species identification, theory behind the Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) framework, and field safety.
In 2022 we had five Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail volunteers complete the course and become Weed Warrior certified. Volunteer event leader Cameron Taylor said “taking this course made me more knowledgeable in identifying the difference between native and invasive species on the Mount Vernon Trail. I also learned proper technique for removing English ivy which I have now used while volunteering.”
Register to attend the August 2023 training here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=urWTBhhLe02TQfMvQApUlHWAzFDL3hpMiePFqcjTpuxUMUZKNjFaSDdBM0UxTjJFQzZMSFJCQjAyUC4u
August 2023 Training Dates:
Part 1 (Virtual): Wednesday, August 2, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Part 2 (In person): Saturday August 5 at Daingerfield Island
- Option 1: 8:00 am – 10 am
- Option 2: 10:30 am – 12:30 am
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail needs your help to continue improving the trail. Sign up for a volunteer trail improvement event or Donate to Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail to help us purchase tools and supplies.