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Hedge Parsley Summer Pulls at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.

General Description

Hedge Parsley is an invasive plant found in our parks that is native to Eurasia. It was brought to North America as a medicinal herb in the early 1900s. This is an early detection species (non-native, invasive, high-risk species) that we want to remove ASAP when we see it. This pesky plant spreads by hooked seeds that easily attach to fur and clothing, spreading by contact with people and animals (especially along trails). Once established, this plant can blanket areas (it grows fast and tall) and outcompetes native plants that are beneficial/necessary to the local health of our environment.

During this event, you'll learn why this plant is a threat to our native ecosystems, how to identify the plant and how to effectively remove it. Following a brief training, you'll work alongside Dakota County staff and other volunteers in pre-determined areas of our parks. No experience or supplies are necessary, we will provide everything that is needed. Great for families, couples, singles, everyone!

Why use volunteers? Because people can pinpoint and effectively remove this plant better than any machine or chemical ever could. Mowing indiscriminately removes plant life and we want to use chemicals sparingly and as little as possible. Hiring contractors and private work crews to remove can become very expensive, very fast. Utilizing volunteers is a fiscal, effective and greener way of tackling this issue.


Lebanon Hills Regional Park

860 Cliff Road

Eagan, MN 55123

( Map and driving directions)

Date & Times for 2024 Season

Thursday July 25th, 6-8 pm - Visitor Center at LHRP

Wednesday July 31st, 10 - noon - Visitor Center at LHRP

Thursday August 8th, 6-8 pm - Equestrian Lot at LHRP

Wednesday August 14 th, 10 - noon - Visitor Center at LHRP

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Learn how to safely and effectively remove this invasive species.
  • Work with a volunteer group to remove Hedge Parsley from predetermined sections of the park.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Able to attend the full event.
  • Must be able to walk on uneven terrain and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be OK with getting a little dirty and being outside in nature.
  • If you would like to volunteer as a group (families not included), please contact our Volunteer Coordinator before registering.
  • Extra caution (or avoidance of this project) should be taken by those who have allergies to bees, bug bites and plants.

Minimum Time Commitment

2 hours - Attend as many shifts as you would like, no minimum needed.

Activity Level

Moderate - May include work in varying temperatures, rough terrain, and bugs. Comfortable shoes, pants, and tick preventable clothing recommended.

Required Training

Training will be offered at the start of this event.

Contact Information

Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Dakota County Communications

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 | Email: garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

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About Dakota County


1590 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033, US

Mission Statement

Building stronger communities through empowered volunteers.


Looking to lend a hand? We'd be happy to have you! Our volunteer opportunities run the gamut. Enhance the environment, influence struggling youth, encourage lifelong learning and so much more. The time you commit is in your control. Dive into a daylong event, volunteer in a monthslong program or help us out for years to come. No matter what you choose, you'll be building a better community. So go ahead, pick you passion and start feeling food about giving back.




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860 Cliff RoadEagan, MN 55123




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  • 2 hours per shift

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