2/23 – 2/29: Task Force Hosts National Invasive Species Awareness Week Events!

For the third consecutive year the JRPS Invasive Plant Task Force will make National Invasive Species Awareness Week a local happening. Please join us at one (or more!) of our volunteer opportunities, walks, or talks. Check the calendar for details (coming soon!).

SUNDAY 2/23  1:00-4:00 p.m.  Pony Pasture

  • Invasive Ecology 101: stop by our tent for an introduction to why invasive plants are a problem, how to identify the most common local bad actors, and what to do about them for healthier habitat.
  • Volunteer opportunity (Free A Tree and more! See calendar)
  • Guided walks with professional botanist and Task Force member Robert Wright at 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
  • Did we mention goats?  Yes, if you’ve been feeling goat-deprived, you will get the chance to see RVA Goats in action and learn about the role they can play in invasive plant management.

MONDAY 2/24 — THURSDAY 2/27  

More volunteer opportunities at:

  • Chapel Island/Great Shiplock Park (Monday 1:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • Texas Beach (Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
  • Buttermilk Trail (Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
  • Belle Isle (Thursday 9:00-noon)

FRIDAY 2/28, 7:00-10:00 p.m.: PARTY at The Westover (formerly Westover Station), 5047 Forest Hill Avenue

Experience the music of the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra and get to know your fellow invasive plant warriors over your favorite beverage instead of your favorite pruners or handsaw.

SATURDAY 2/29, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Reedy Creek Headquarters/Nature Center (4001 Riverside Drive)

“Heritage Matters” with Rob Evans, Natural Areas Protection Manager, Division of Natural Heritage, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation Learn why “heritage matters” when it comes to selecting plants for your own yard and how to control invasive plant species as you nurture your own corner of heavenly habitat. 30 minute lecture followed by ID walk and optional field work.