Volunteer

Covid-19: workshops and group events will be placed on hold until Alberta Health Services and the City of Calgary recommendations allow for these to resume. Please check back here for information about volunteering in the Weaselhead or contact invasiveplants@theweaselhead.com.

 

INVASIVE PLANT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES 2020 (all tools and equipment provided):

Weeding workshops: Join our workshops every second Sunday 9 - 12.30am

Join Youth Volunteers on Sundays to dig up invasive shrubs and control the spread of other unwanted species. Exact work depends on the season, but be prepared to work off-trail, sometimes in thick undergrowth. Youth 12 and over welcome. Registration not required but we advise letting us know if you plan to come in case of cancellation (eg due to weather).

dates: to be confirmed

Or organise your own group to come and help - and book a date and time that suits you.

If you would like to book a weeding workshop for a group or need more information about what's involved in volunteering - let us know. Contact invasiveplants@theweaselhead.com or call Sarah on 403 200 7738. Groups sizes from 6 to 30 people welcome.

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Weeding events suitable for small groups or individuals:

  • This year we plan to survey the Weaselhead in May/June, and Sept/Oct. to locate non-native shrubs missed by weeding parties (or regenerating). Volunteers will accompany a staff member and record species and location with a GPS. No expertise needed - just good hiking skills!
  • In July and August we will be focusing on removing spotted knapweed along the river. Rough terrain and access along steep trails means volunteers do need a reasonable level of fitness and physical ability - we also have to haul the removed plant material out...
  • Sept./Oct. volunteers are needed to remove shrubs missed by weeding parties - i.e. involves extensive off-trail hiking, searching for, then digging up these plants.

If you are interested in helping with any of the above let us know when you are available. Dates and times are still to be arranged: call 403 200 7738 or email invasiveplants@theweaselhead.com for detailsThese activities suitable for individuals or groups of 6 or fewer.

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Volunteers are met by the grey shed  in the north west corner of the Weaselhead Parking Lot on 66th Ave. and 37th St SW. Please wear long pants (not leggings if possible - mosquitos can bite right through these!), bring a long-sleeved top, and wear hiking boots or sturdy trainers.