About The Park People's Weed Out Program
We’ll be the first to admit, the idea of a weekend morning spent weeding our own yards is not our idea of a good time, but Weed Out is truly fun!
Come enjoy the sense of community Weed Out creates and the obvious positive impact of our efforts. You’ll be amazing by how much fun “weeding” can be!
Our Weed Out schedule for Fall 2016 is now available! View the entire schedule here to find a Weed Out near you!
The purpose of Weed Out is to advance the preservation and restoration of high-quality natural areas in the Milwaukee County Park System, in cooperation with park staff, by:
- Mobilizing volunteers to remove ecologically invasive weeds
- Educating citizens and public officials about invasive weeds
- Promoting ecologically sound land management policies
In cooperation with the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture (DPRC) and AFSCME Local 882, The Park People coordinates opportunities for volunteer “Weed Out Warriors” to preserve and protect the native plants and wildlife in Milwaukee County parks by removing invasive plants and trees. Our agreement with AFSCME Local 882 restricts the use of powered equipment, providing Weed Out Warriors with the opportunity to truly take matters into their own hands!
Invasive plants are non-native plants that multiply in great numbers and shade out native wildflowers, shrubs, and young trees. Invasive trees such as buckthorn and honeysuckle eliminate new tree growth and weaken established trees such as oaks by directly competing with them for water and nutrients. In time, invasive plants and trees will cause Milwaukee County and much of the state to see a serious reduction in spring wildflower display, fall colors, and wildlife.
In addition to coordinating our Weed Out events, recruiting volunteers and providing on-site training and tools, The Park People publicize the threat invasive species pose to natural areas in Milwaukee County parks, and educate citizens of all ages about both native and invasive plants.
Want to learn more?
- The Park People provide:
- Tailored Multimedia Educational Presentations
- Video: "Invasive Weeds"
- Curriculum Suite for Grades 6-12
- Informational Brochures
- Find a Weed Out near you
PLUS visit our “Invasives” page to learn more about these pesky weeds!