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 

The Great Invader Raider Rally will take place Saturday, January 18, 2020. Online registrations are required to participate in this event.

On Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 9 to 11 a.m., registered volunteers under trained leadership, will work to remove invasive plants from Gainesville’s preassigned natural areas from 9 to 11 a.m. Be a part of this annual tradition and restore our natural areas!

Volunteers are invited to head to Morningside Nature Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a celebration which includes music, t-shirts, prizes, environmental booths and games and food!

Registration is now open!   Please note that selecting "Going" on the Facebook event is not the same as registering.