Volunteers cutting invasive shrubs while physically distancing and wearing masks at Bluffs Nature Area.
What happens at a NAP Stewardship Workday?
Join us to remove invasive species, plant native species, improve trails, and collect and disperse native seeds. In the springtime, workdays focus on hand-pulling of invasive herbaceous plants, like garlic mustard and dame’s rocket, as well as planting of native plants. During the summer months, herbaceous plants are still around for the pulling and plants placed in the spring need tending. As summer turns to fall, the focus shifts to invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle, which go to seed much later than our native shrubs making them easy to identify. We also collect seeds from native plants in the fall and disperse them in cleared areas. Activities that can take place at any season include spreading wood chips on trails at several parks, and tending the Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Furstenberg Nature Area. No matter what activity we’re doing, we’d love to have you out there with us! Workdays are scheduled on most weekends during the spring, summer, and fall throughout the park system. To join in, simply meet us at the scheduled site- no pre-registration required! Find out where there’s a workday near you by checking out our volunteer stewardship calendar, calling us, or keeping an eye on your local media.