What is it? Invasive plant removal to promote healthy native vegetation.
Do I need to know anything? No! Learn as you go.
Can I get credit for service hours? Yes! Scouts, High schoolers, Master Naturalists, etc. can earn valuable credit toward community service and enjoy the great outdoors right here in Herndon!
Habitat Heroes' mission is to enable community members to help protect Herndon's plants and wildlife while spending time outdoors, meeting people, and restoring natural habitats. Our objectives are to educate the public about the existence and value of nearby natural areas, and to participate in outreach opportunities to involve local residents and businesses in stewardship activities. We meet monthly to learn about local native flora and remove harmful invasive plants from local parks.
Partnering with Fairfax County's Invasive Management Area (IMA) Volunteer Program, Habitat Heroes meets on a regular basis to remove non-native invasive plants from Herndon's Stanton Park. In 2014 we worked with 35 volunteers, providing 105 hours of environmental service, with a total dollar value of over $2,300 (source). In 2015, we held 2 trash clean-up and 3 invasive plant removal events at local parks.
The Herndon Environmental Network has created a series of videos explaining how to identify and remove six of the most common invasive plants in our area. Plants included are Japanese honeysuckle, bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, Autumn olive, English ivy, and multiflora rose. View the videos on our YouTube channel.
Sat, March 23, 9 am to 10:30 am
Thur, April 25, 10 am to 11:30 am *Note the day of the week!*
Sat, May 4, 9 am to 10:30 am
Where: Stanton Park, 910 Third Street, Herndon 20170 (meet at park entrance)
When: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
WHAT TO BRING: water and bug spray and wear long sleeves and long pants - there is poison ivy at this site.
We provide gloves and tools. No knowledge of invasive plants is necessary, training will be provided on site.