Gainesville Greenway Challenge

Year-round, take the challenge to protect Gainesville’s natural areas! The Gainesville Greenway Challenge is a year-round effort whose aim is torestore natural habitat in Gainesville by removing invasive non-native plant species that threaten ecosystem health. Join the challenge on the first Saturday of each month and help us to eradicate the region’s most aggressive invasive plants in Gainesville’s nature parks!

Every Thursday, come join us at Give Back Thursdays! Between 9 a.m.-12 p.m., we remove a variety of exotic invasives including Coral Ardisia, Ceasar's Weed and more!

Prizes for the individual and group with the most volunteer hours throughout the year will be awarded at the Great Invader Raider Rally in January!

For information on the location of these events, look up our weekly events on our Facebook page.

Groups or individuals can find out more about upcoming events for the Gainesville Greenway Challenge by signing up for the newsletter below. For more information, contact the city at or call 352-393-8425. 

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Funding for the Gainesville Greenway Challenge was provided by a Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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The Great Invader Raider Rally

8th Annual Great Invader Raider Rally Registration is Open! Join us Saturday, Feb. 12

Join us for the 8th Annual Great Invader Raider Rally, formerly the Great Air Potato Round-Up, on Saturday, Feb. 12, to clean up the city’s parks and natural areas as part of one of the largest invasive plant awareness events in the nation! During the Great Invader Raider Rally, volunteers are assigned to a location where they will remove invasive plants from 9-11:30 a.m.

After removing invasive plants, participants are welcomed to a celebration at Morningside Nature Center to receive a commemorative t-shirt. The celebration also features information on alternative plants, eco-friendly educational booths, music and food available for purchase.

To register, please visit

**Please note, you must use the registration link above. Selecting “going” on this event page does not register you for the event. Registration is required to participate in this event. **

After registering, you will receive an email within 48 hours with details about the event and your site location with a Google map link.

Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Before the event: Below are six short videos produced in preparation for last year’s event. These videos describe how to identify commonly found invasive plants and how to properly remove and dispose of them.