Volunteers needed to remove garlic mustard on May 19
Milwaukee Recreation is seeking eco-friendly individuals and/or groups to join this year’s Weed-Out at Hawthorn Glen, 1130 N. 60th St., on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Volunteers will be asked to remove garlic mustard, an invasive plant species, from the 23-acre nature center.
Volunteers should wear gloves, long pants, and shirts with long sleeves. They should also bring bottled water. On-site training will be provided. Everyone who volunteers for at least one half hour will be given one free admission coupon for a local attraction (the Milwaukee County Zoo or Milwaukee County Parks Swimming Pool/Water Slide). For more information, please call (414) 647-6067.
Garlic mustard is a rapidly-spreading woodland weed that is displacing native woodland wildflowers in Wisconsin. It dominates the forest floor and can displace most native species within ten years. This plant is a major threat to the survival of Wisconsin’s woodland flora and the wildlife that depend on it. As the native plants disappear, so does the wildlife depending on them.
“Milwaukee Recreation is committed to preserving Hawthorn Glen for generations to come, so we need to make sure that garlic mustard stays out,” says MPS Assistant Recreation Supervisor Kevin Reed. “It’s critical to remove the garlic mustard plant before it seeds because each plant can produce several hundred seeds, and those seeds can remain viable for five years. We’ve already removed three dumpsters full of bagged garlic mustard this spring, but there’s more work to do. We’re depending on local media and volunteers to help us spread the word and stop the weeds.”
As the Outdoor Education Center for Milwaukee Public Schools, Hawthorn Glen is visited by more than 12,000 students each year. Milwaukee Recreation’s naturalists guide students through hands-on learning experiences by conducting nature hikes and educational programs that are tied directly to classroom curricula (and matched with state standards). The public is always welcome to discover and enjoy Hawthorn Glen’s Little Nature Museum, network of nature trails, demonstration prairie, picnic areas, playground, and soccer field.
Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to provide the entire community with affordable and enriching recreational activities.
For more information, visit www.MilwaukeeRecreation.net or contact Brian Hoffer at (414) 475-8938.