We want you, to join the war on weeds at your local battlefield!
Join park rangers and volunteers on April 22-23 for Earth Day and Park Day at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park to begin the springtime eradication of invasive plants. Your efforts will help restore the cultural landscape of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse to its 1781 appearance, as well as restore native plants and balance our ecosystem. Volunteer times are open between 9:30-4:30, and a minimum of 3 hours is required.
Registration Required on Volunteer.gov: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=16441
Your registration will be confirmed and you will receive directions for the day.
Register by February 20th to get a free t-shirt from the Civil War Trust!
The following invasive plants in our park - Japanese stiltgrass, English Ivy, periwinkle, multiflora rose - are removable by hand, with the level of difficulty stretching from average to strenuous. Volunteers should expect to spend their time walking, bending over, and carrying bags. Volunteers will mechanically remove these plants and bag them, or put weeds into piles. We will also pick up trash and move fallen branches into the tree line.
- Volunteers are not allowed to venture on their own,and all service will be conducted under the supervision of the Centennial Volunteer Ambassador or park rangers. Minimum of three hours service is required.
- Volunteers are required to wear protective eye wear (safety googles or sunglasses/glasses), work gloves, long pants, long sleeves, and closed toed shoes/work boots.
- Beware our park has copperhead snakes that become active in Spring, and you must protect yourself when in a wooded area. You can bring tools to check heavy plant areas before venturing into space.
We are an urban park, and when surrounding neighborhoods allow invasive species to grow, our ecosystem becomes compromised. By participating in this eradication, you will learn how to identify invasive plants, practice eradication without herbicides, and begin the process of battlefield restoration. Your efforts will help us preserve our battlefield during our Centennial!
- Habitat Restoration
- Environmental Education
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- 4 hours
- Training before fieldwork and filling out Volunteer Service Agreement forms.