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Volunteering at Garvies Point Museum & Preserve


VOLUNTEER - Give back to your community

This year with the removal of non-native invasive plant species at


These plants upset the natural balance of our ecosystem and crowd out native wildflowers, shrubs & trees that our wildlife depends on. Learn how to identify native and non-native plant species plus important invasive removal techniques. Sponsored by the Friends of Garvies Point Museum and Preserve and North Shore Audubon Society

These four invasive non-native plants especially crowd out & kill other plants:

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10am to 2pm

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Biennial plant, seed pods develop by May

Known to crowd out native wildflowers and herbaceous plants in forest communities. The presence of Garlic Mustard in an ecosystem is known to greatly diminish the diversity of species.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10am to 2pm

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
blooms late summer
With a highly invasive root system, this perennial can rapidly crowd out native plants. A dense canopy up to 15 feet tall can develop and very little plant life can grow underneath its shade.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10am to 2pm

Mile-a-Minute (Persicaria perfoliata syn. Polygonum perfoliatum)
blooms June-July; fruit develops by August
Mile-a-minute is a newly introduced vigorous vine that grows in sunny areas (meadows, edges of woods) and smothers underlying wildflowers, grasses, and trees that wildlife depends upon.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10am to 2pm

Porcelain Berry (Ampelopsis glandulosa)
blooms June-August; fruit develops by August
Porcelain berry, a highly invasive vine that smothers plants and trees, is easily identified by its multi-colored fruit visible in late summer & fall. Fills niche of native fox grape (same family Vitaceae) which is a valuable food source for birds & wildlife.

A perfect opportunity for scouts, environmental groups, students & anyone who just wants to give back to their community. Volunteers are welcome at any time and can stay as long as they wish. We recommend volunteers bring work or garden gloves (we have some available), a hat, wear socks (to pull over pants), sneakers, light colored clothing, and a bag lunch with water if you desire. Water and light snacks will be provided.

If you cannot make these dates, feel free to contact us with a specific date for you or your group to volunteer on preserve.

Contact Veronica (516-571-8012) at Garvies Point Museum If you have any questions and please RSVP

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