Most natural communities support a great variety of native plants and animals. Such biodiversity is threatened when non-native plants are introduced, spread and dominate an environment, harming native ecosystems, including our streams and trees.
Here are two ways you can get involved:
In the past, FoCJC sponsored Weed Warrior training sessions in Cabin John. Participants were trained in identifying and removing vines and plants considered invasive, alien, and destructive. Trainees received a certification that allows and encourages them to identify, remove, and control these weeds on their own. We no longer offer our own training events, but if you are interested in becoming a Weed Warrior, you may want to find out more about the Montgomery Parks Weed Warriors program.
To become certified, you must be 16 or older and complete a 2-part online course, attend a 2-hour classroom training, and participate in a 2-hour field training with park staff. Once you finish the training process, you’ll be authorized to work anywhere on Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC property on your own schedule and at your own pace.
Join a Group Workday
Want to help, but not sure you’re ready to become a Certified Weed Warrior? FoCJC runs Weed Warrior workdays throughout the year — no advanced training required. These workdays are led by a specially trained volunteer Weed Warrior Supervisor and are a great way to start learning how to identify and remove invasive plants!
Weed Warrior Workday
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cabin John Local Park, 7401 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, MD
Help protect one of Montgomery County's gems - the Cabin John Local Park!
We will be working to remove invasive plants that are out-competing natives and causing problems for the native wildlife. You'll learn about the local ecology and help the native plants and animals that make this park their home.
Cabin John Creek trail head, near the playground
What to Wear/Bring:
Clothes that can get dirty and Rain Gear as necessary
Sturdy closed-toe shoes (no sandals)
Water to drink
Volunteers 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
This program is rain or shine -- but check the FoCJC website in case of
extreme weather (high winds, lightning).
Community Service / SSL Hours:
FoCJC is a pre-approved MCPS Student Service Learning organization.
SSL forms will be available.
Mark Frey, firstname.lastname@example.org