Join the Gainesville Greenway Challenge and help Gainesville’s Natural Environment


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce a new series of monthly volunteer workdays as a part of the Gainesville Greenway Challenge to restore our nature parks. The volunteer workdays will take place on the first Saturday of every month. Groups and individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend as many as they like, and those working the most hours annually will be recognized at the 3rd Annual Great Invader Raider Rally celebration held on January 28, 2017.

“These volunteer efforts play a vital role in helping to reduce the invasion of non-native plants,” says the city’s Program Coordinator for Natural Resource Management Geoff Parks. “The goal of the Gainesville Greenway Challenge is to encourage year-round restoration efforts. It’s estimated that 50 percent of Florida’s native listed plants are threatened by non-native invasive species. Invasive plants know no boundaries, and will grow beyond a homeowner's yard and into neighboring natural areas and our nature parks.”

The Gainesville Greenway Challenge volunteer workdays take place on the first Saturday of every month from 9-11:30 a.m. Participants will be working in local nature parks, removing non-native invasive plants to restore native habitat for the plants and animals that live there, and for people to enjoy. Groups can also arrange for special dates.

Challenge winners will be recognized at the 3rd Annual Great Invader Raider Rally celebration on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Morningside Nature Center. Awards will be given for individuals and groups that have worked the most hours during 2016.

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

Pre-registration is mandatory for volunteer workdays and locations will vary. Pre-registration is available online at Volunteers will be working outdoors, and should bring sunscreen, insect repellent, protective gloves and closed-toe footwear appropriate for wet conditions. For more information, or to set up a special volunteer workday, please call 352-393-8428 or email

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