Seasonal Invasive Plant Workshops

Invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking native trees, shrubs, and ground cover. Understanding what invasive plants exist on the landscape and what it will take to control them can often feel overwhelming. Blue Ridge PRISM’s invasive plant workshops will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Our workshops are seasonally focused and content differs between workshops offered in the spring, summer, and fall.

Topics covered in our workshops include:

  • Identifying invasive plants
  • Which invasive plants you can best control now
  • Which invasive plants you should treat later
  • Best seasonal practices for each invasive
  • Using manual & mechanical control methods
  • Methods for controlling invasive plants with herbicides
  • Choosing the right herbicide and equipment, and using them properly
  • Planning a work schedule with best timings for multiple plants

Register for Fall Workshops!

Blue Ridge PRISM’s 2021 Fall Workshop is a blend of two virtual sessions and an optional in-person field session. Register for the virtual sessions or a field session or both! The first virtual session on September 21 covers an introduction to invasive plants and their identification. Following up on September 23, the second virtual session covers invasive plant control methods. Recordings of both virtual sessions will be made available to those who register. One registration gets you into both virtual sessions ($15).

In-person field sessions will be held in Charlottesville’s Azalea Park on September 25 and Rappahannock County Park in Washington, Virginia on October 17. Join PRISM’s knowledgable staff and volunteers in the field to learn invasive plant ID, herbicide safety, and a how-to for manual/chemical control techniques. Both field sessions will offer the same content. Space is limited. Register for just one field session ($25).

Please Note Field Sessions: Long pants, close toe shoes, and masks will be required to participate in the in-person field session. NO EXCEPTIONS. The in-person field sessions will be held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Blue Ridge PRISM reserves the right to cancel the event in the case of severe weather, insufficient ticket sales, or restrictions due to the COVID 19 Pandemic (refunds will be issued in these instances).

Introduction to Invasive Plants and Identification – Sept 21, 1-3 pm (virtual) – REGISTRATION CLOSED

Invasive Plant Control – Sept 23 (virtual), 1-3 pm – REGISTRATION CLOSED

Charlottesville Field Session – September 25 (in-person), 1-4 pm – REGISTRATION CLOSED

Rappahannock County Park Field Session – October 17 (in-person), 2-5 pm – REGISTER

Quarterly Meetings

Blue Ridge PRISM Quarterly Meetings are free and open to everyone. Each meeting offers a short update on PRISM activities followed by guest speaker(s) or panel discussion on an invasive plant topic.

Wednesday October 20, 2021, 11: 30 am – 1:00 pm – Using EDDMapS with Rebekah Wallace

Join Blue Ridge PRISM for our 2021 Fall Meeting. There will be un update of recent PRISM activities by Rod Walker, Blue Ridge PRISM President followed by our guest speaker, Rebekah Wallace, the EDDMapS Coordinator & Bugwood Images Coordinator with the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

EDDMapS is a suite of applications and programs for reporting, mapping and managing data on invasive species. It is heavily used across the country by conservation organizations and natural lands managers for determining where to direct resources for the control of plants that threaten the health of our ecosystems. Rebekah will give an overview of EDDMapS and how to use this tool on your desktop or smartphone.

While we see many invasive plant species spreading in our parks and other public spaces, documentation of that spread is essential for informing public policy, determining whether an escaped plant is becoming environmentally harmful, public education, and decisions on management and control of invasive plants. Data is sorely lacking. Learn how citizen scientists can report invasive plants using EDDMapS to ensure that invasive plants are better documented in each County of the Commonwealth.