Blue Ridge PRISM 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.

Showing fruit of burning bush during a PRISM field session, taken in mid-October.
photo by Irene Upshur

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 Spring Workshops!

Blue Ridge PRISM’s 2022 Spring 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!

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.

Dates for the virtual sessions and dates/locations for the spring field sessions will be announced in early 2022.

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).


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.

Save the Date!!! Our Spring Meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2022. Registration details forthcoming.


Additional Training Opportunities!

Invasive Plant Species: Management and Control

February 26, 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This event is hosted by Oak Spring Garden Foundation.

Join us for the first in a series of three workshops in 2022 to learn about the identification, impact and control of invasive plant species common to Northern Virginia. Sponsored by Blue Ridge PRISM and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, the workshop will take place on the Rokeby Farm parcel of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation. Topics to be covered will include: the identification of common invasive plant species, the timing and practical application of available treatment methods and other issues related to the management of current and potential future invasive plant species.

Following a classroom theory session, participants will gain some hands-on experience identifying and learning treatment application methods. Participants can expect to walk about 2 miles over uneven terrain. Sturdy walking shoes or boots as well as proper outdoor clothing are recommended.

This field course is geared toward land managers and large land owners but all are welcome.