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DC CWMA Weed Warrior Program

The Weed Warrior program works with communities to reduce the negative impact of invasive, noxious weeds in public places, such as parks, trails, and open spaces. The program offers education about invasive weeds and methods for control or eradication of these weeds. The program provides opportunities where volunteers can participate in "hands-on" restoration projects; thus improving the wildlife habitat, aesthetic and recreational quality of our public places. Weed Warrior projects reflect the willingness of citizens of all ages to be involved and take part in the community as environmental stewards.

The DC CWMA will train community members and organizations to become weed warriors at various sites throughout the district.  These energetic volunteers assist park staff on a regular basis in monitoring and removing non-native invasive plant species (NNIs) from parkland.

To become a Weed Warrior Supervisor, you must participate in a 2-hour field training class with a wildlife biologist and complete a 2-part online course. The training emphasizes invasive plant identification, removal and control techniques, and working safely in the woods. Weed Warriors are then authorized to work on various sites within the District (including National Parks, DC Parks, etc)  on their own schedules and at their own pace.

Who are Weed Warriors?

Many Weed Warriors live near one of our parks/sites and do their volunteer work on a casual schedule. Others develop specific work programs, taking time each week or two to remove invasive plants—sometimes in the company of another Weed Warrior. Others choose to work with larger groups, such as those organized by community groups with permission from the parks department. Whether you work individually or with a group, you will contribute to the control of non-native invasive vegetation throughout the approximately thousands of acres of  parkland in the district.

If you are interested, and want to take the next step to becoming a Weed Warrior you must register for one of the field training sessions.

Weed Warrior Training

Weed Warrior Supervisor training includes a 2-hour field training class with our wildlife biologist and a 2-part online course. After you register for the field training class, you will be given information needed to access the online training modules. Read more>>

Field Training Classes

Weed Warrior field training classes will take place quarterly. The training sessions are open to anyone who would like to learn more about non-native invasive plants. This training complements the online training modules and is geared toward those who intend to become Weed Warrior volunteers. Topics covered during field training sessions include:

  • Identification of non-native invasive plants found in park natural areas
  • Removal and control techniques suitable for park lands
  • How to stay safe in the woods
  • Procedures for becoming a Weed Warrior

Weed Warrior responsibilities & allowed activities

Training Dates

Our next training takes place on Saturday October 11th 2014. Read More>>

Field training locations may vary depending on program interest and site selection. NOTE: You must be at least 16 years old on the day of the field training to become a Certified Weed Warrior.

Registration

Choose a field training date and then contact our Program Coordinator by email. You will be given further instructions once you are registered. 

Registration for a field training class is required to be able to access to the online training modules. Classes are limited to 20, so we need to know in advance if you plan to attend and how to contact you in case training is cancelled. If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact [email protected].

Contact Us

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator for more information and to register for training at:  [email protected]