This is the tenth year that the West Castle Wetlands Weed Pull has taken place! Invasive species such as thistle, toad flax, and ox eye daisy have been visibly reduced as a result of our efforts. Continued management will prevent their spread throughout the wetland and into neighboring ecosystems.
At 9:30 am, volunteers will be signed up and an invasive species orientation will occur. Groups and locations to target will be assigned. The weed pullers will be supported by quads and others helping remove the bagged weeds. Everyone is invited to stay for the BBQ afterwards. Prizes and a great bunch of folks to network will make this the highlight weed pull of the season!
Types of Volunteer Work Available
Arrive dressed to work in the wetlands with shoes or boots that you can get wet, long pants, a shirt with sleeves, hat, sunscreen, rain coat in case of thunder showers, insect repellent, and a sack lunch.
Appropriate Ages for Volunteer Opportunity
Teenage to adult
Special Skills that May be Required or Helpful
Weed identification, outdoor trail work, hand pulling, should be fit enough to hike off trail, wade creeks and have a good time doing it. The walk into the wetlands is not very long, and there is quad support to help carry bags of weeds out of the wetland.
Dates for Volunteer Opportunity
7/25/2017 – 7/25/2017
Typical Size of Groups
5 - 10
Access to Volunteer Site
Expenses Volunteer Should Expect
Bring a digging tool, drinking water, lunch and insect repellent. If you want to work both sides of the river, please bring water shoes. We are making a difference on the battle against the invasive species. Many hands make light work – come and join us to protect the ecological reserve and enjoy the company of other like-minded workers. Meet at the Castle Mountain Resort parking lot at 9:30 am. This event is sponsored by Alberta Environment and Parks.