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ORGANIZATION: Holden Arboretum

Invasive Species Removal
Clearing the forest of invasives

The Invasive Species Stewards help with the removal of invasive plants. This could be anything from hand-pulling garlic mustard, cutting and dragging buckthorn, or lopping invasive vines. This is perhaps one of the most important positions that assists our Conservation Department, as it is an ecologically important and time-consuming job for staff members to accomplish without help of volunteers.

Spring 2024 Work - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:30am-11:30am. Shifts are weather dependent and will be cancelled if there is too much wind, rain, or snow.

Staff and volunteers will hike to remote locations (1-4 miles round trip) in Holden’s Natural Areas to hand pull invasive garlic mustard. The hiking is often off trail and over uneven, difficult terrain. The invasive plant will be bagged up and carried out of the site. These can be physically exhausting mornings, but it is so worth it to see the areas cleaned up and to think about the positive impact on the environment by removing these invasives and allowing our natives to grow. Long pants, sturdy hiking shoes, and a backpack with a water bottle and snack are recommended.

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About Holden Arboretum


9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094, US

Mission Statement

Holden Arboretum is a campus of Holden Forests & Gardens. Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.


Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions - the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden - whose mission is to advance and inspire a deeper understanding of plants to enhance life. The 12th largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has more than 22,000 member households and an annual attendance of close to 400,000, for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences.

Holden Forests & Gardens is making a positive impact in the region through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses.

We envision a future in which all communities are transformed into vibrant places where trees, plants, and people thrive.




Tue May 07, 2024 - Wed Jun 26, 2024
08:30 AM - 11:30 AM


9550 Sperry RoadHolden ArboretumKirtland, OH 44094



  • Habitat Restoration


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers do not need to commit to a monthly time commitment, although recurring help is encouraged. Shifts are 8:30-11:30am, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through June 26.
  • New volunteers must complete online orientation and application.

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