Join the Carroll County Weed Warriors at Piney Run Nature Center!


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Piney Run Nature Center30 Martz RdSykesville, MD 21784


Volunteer with the Weed Warriors in their efforts to remove non-native invasive plants from Piney Run Park. A non-native invasive plant is one that grows naturally in one part of the world but has been introduced to another area, either intentionally or on accident. Some non-native plants are grown and controlled for our benefit (like vegetables) but many are invading habitats of native plants. These invasive plants spread rapidly by producing hundreds of seeds, sending out runners, or even changing the soil chemistry. Because these invasive exotics have few native predators to keep their numbers in check, they take over an area, out-competing the native plants.

When the native plants disappear, so do the native animals that depend on them. Remember the food chain from science class? Many of our insects can only digest plants that they co-evolved with. When those plants disappear, so do the insects. Then other animals that eat the plants or the insects are also lost like birds, frogs, rabbits, chipmunks, skunks, even black bears. While butterflies can eat nectar from many plants, their caterpillars often can only digest the leaves of specific native plants. If the caterpillars starve, we have no butterflies!


  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 11
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours per event
  • Be able to do physical work outdoors using gardening tools

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