Register for the 3rd Annual Great Invader Raider Rally


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is calling for all helping hands to register for the third annual Great Invader Raider Rally held Saturday, Jan. 28. Formerly known as the Great Air Potato Round-Up, the rally continues a tradition that began more than 15 years ago as a community wide day of service where volunteers of all ages work to remove non-native invasive plants from Gainesville’s natural areas.

The Great Invader Raider Rally focuses on removing several invasive plants, such as the ubiquitous Coral ardisia, an evergreen shrub with bright red berries, and Caesarweed, an insidious weed that produces sticky burrs that “hitchhike” on animal fur and clothing, furthering its spread.

All registered participants receive a free commemorative t-shirt featuring original artwork of beloved native plants by Gainesville’s own Molly Kempson of Spotty Boy Press.
The day of service is followed by a volunteer celebration at Morningside Nature Center, which is located at 3540 E. University Ave. The celebration features music from Wax Wings, raffle prizes from local businesses, environmental education tables and games. Local food trucks will have food available for purchase.

Registration is required to participate in the rally. Individuals and groups can register online at Stay updated on the latest invasive plant information at or Share your rally experience by using #GIRR2017.

For program and sponsorship information, please contact Kentucky Costellow, project coordinator, at 352-262-6670, or

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Linda Demetropoulos, nature operations manager, at 352-393-8445 or