Gainesville Greenway Challenge

Wells Fargo volunteer group at
Green Acres Nature Park.

Year-round, take the challenge to protect Gainesville’s natural areas! The Gainesville Greenway Challenge is a year-round effort whose aim is to restore 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 9am and 12pm we will be removing 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 352-393-8428. 

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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 19, 2019. 

Be a part of this annual tradition to remove invasive plant species from our natural areas! You can sign up online. Registrations are now open. Online registrations are required to participate in this event.Under trained leadership, volunteers will work to restore preassigned natural areas from 9-11 a.m. and then are invited to head to Morningside Nature Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for a celebration which includes for a celebration with t-shirts, raffle prizes, food trucks ($), and live music from 11-1 p.m!