Invasive Species Awareness Week

ISACLOGO for webAdirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week

New York communities and organizations celebrate Invasive Species Awareness Week
July 12-18, 2015.

WHY    Invasive plants and animals threaten New York lakes, ponds, rivers, and forests, which are precious resources that underwrite the economy of many communities through recreation, tourism, forestry, and numerous other uses. 

WHAT    Learn about the issues surrounding invasive species (both plant and animal, aquatic and terrestrial) and about the importance of native biodiversity in New York by attending workshops, field trips, lectures, and control parties. 

WHO    Thousands of citizens of all ages across New York.

WHERE    Nature centers, natural areas, lakes, rivers, agricultural lands, parks, campgrounds, institutions of higher learning, natural history museums…

HOW    Plan an activity for adults or youth. Attend a lecture. Visit a display. Lend a hand during an invasive species control project. Be involved.




Great thanks to all of the 2015 participating organizations!


DAILY SCHEDULE during Awareness Week 2015


10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Terrestrial Invasive Plant Management Training, Warrensburg Town Court) Calling all landowners! Join Zack Simek, APIPP’s Terrestrial Coordinator, to learn how to manage invasive plants on your property including swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, and more. RSVP by July 10th to Jane Raffaldi at or call 518-576-2082 ext. 120. Walk-ins welcome!

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Invasive Species Challenge for Kids, Tupper Lake) Do you have what it takes to beat an invasive species? Act as part of a scientific team in-charge of saving native plants from alien invaders! This is a fun activity geared towards elementary through high school aged kids. For more information, visit Hosted by the Wild Center



9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Leave No Trace & Invasive Species Spread Prevention, Lake Placid) Join Ryan Doyle, Adirondack Mountain Club’s Outdoor Leadership Coordinator at the Adirondack Loj for an overview of how to minimize the spread of invasive species by following guidelines set forth by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.  We’ll provide an overview of invasive species concerns, The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace, and discuss easy ways for recreationists to be good stewards of our lands and waters.  Come prepared for a short walk outdoors. RSVP by July 12th to Jane Raffaldi at or call 518-576-2082 ext. 120. Walk-ins welcome! Hosted by the Adirondack Mountain Club

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Garlic Mustard Pull, Elizabethtown) Join members of the Adirondack Council at the Museum Garden for an educational trail walk highlighting local invasive species. Afterwards, participants will gather at the town Social Center to pull garlic mustard. Hosted by the Adirondack Council



9 a.m. (Middle Saranac Lake Canoe Trip, Lake Placid) Enjoy a half-day trip to Middle Saranac Lake with the Adirondack Mountain Club’s advocacy and education staff and lunch on the lakeside. ADK will provide boats, paddles and lifevests for those that need them. After the paddle, participants will stop at a DEC operated boar washing station for an overview of the new boat washing regulations in New York State. After dinner that evening, there will be a lecture on invasive species that focuses on what they are and why they are such a threat to our environment. Must RSVP online, click here. Hosted by the Adirondack Mountain Club

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Invasive Effects on Butterflies, Paul Smith’s VIC) Stop by the Butterfly House at Paul Smith’s VIC when the butterflies are most active and learn how invasive species affect these garden visitors. Hosts will also discuss the benefits of native plants for attracting butterflies to your garden. Hosted by the VIC

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Ask an Expert, Keeseville) Stop by the farmers market next to Adirondack Hardware in Keeseville to learn more about invasive species in the region and what the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is doing to help.

7:30 p.m. (Fireside Chat on Invasive Species, Lake Placid) Come to the Adirondack Loj’s great room for a presentation hosted by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s Aquatics Coordinator, Erin Vennie-Vollrath.



10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Backcountry Water Monitoring Project Training, Lake Placid) Citizen scientists will be trained in aquatic invasive species identification, data management, and backcountry survey protocol. Surveys will focus on the Lake Champlain Basin. Co-hosted by the Adirondack Mountain Club

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Canoe the Raquette, Tupper Lake) Join the Wild Center to explore the scenic Raquette River by canoe with a naturalist and learn about the invasive species moving into our Adirondack waterways. For more information, visit Canoes can be reserved ahead of time at or on the day of. Space is limited. Price: $25/boat for Wild Center members, $30/boat for non-members. Hosted by the Wild Center



1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Ask an Expert, Old Forge) Visit the Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program at the Old Forge farmers market for a children’s craft and answers to all your invasive species questions. Sponsored by CAP-21



9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Gardening and Landscaping with Native/Non-Invasive Ornamental Plants in the Adirondacks, North Creek) Join local experts as they share the benefits of gardening with native plants. This free event will be held at the Tannery Pond Community Center. RSVP by July 14th to or call 518-576-2082 x120. Walk-ins welcome. Supported by the Adirondack Garden Club, member Garden Club of America

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Ask an Expert, Inlet) Stop by the Arts in the Park festival in Inlet and visit the Adirondack Watershed Institute stewards booth to learn more about the program and how they help prevent the spread of invasive species.

(Schroon Lake Association Arts and Crafts Fair, Schroon Lake) Visit Schroon Lake’s lake manager Steve LaMere at his display about the ecological aspects of the lake. Featuring Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program information on regional invasive species.



EVERY DAY during Awareness Week 2015

ing to the movies in Old Forge? Check out the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s (APIPP) invasive species educational ad at The Strand Theater.

Signage, Region-wide Keep an eye out for invasive species awareness messaging at various business and municipal roadside signs across the Adirondack region. Signs will include messages like, “Wash those waders! Save our Rivers!” See a sign with a message? Let us know where you saw it! Email APIPP Seasonal Educator, Jane Raffaldi, with the sign location.

“Stop the Spread” Poster Contest, Hamilton County Hamilton County residents can take their shot at designing a poster on one invasive species and how to stop its spread. Certificates and prizes for winners. Entry deadline is Friday, July 17th by 4:30 p.m. to the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District in Lake Pleasant. Please see for more details.

Watershed Stewardship Program, Region-wide Visit with stewards at boat launches to learn how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Stewards are located at Cranberry Lake
, Chateaugay Lake, 
Eighth Lake, 
First Lake (Hollywood Hills Boat Launch)
, Fish Creek Campground
, Forked Lake
, Fourth Lake
, Great Sacandaga Lake
, Lake Champlain
, Lake Eaton
 Lake Flower
, Lake Placid (state & village launches)
, Limekiln Lake
, Long Lake
, Meacham Lake
, Osgood Pond
, Rainbow Lake, 
Raquette Lake Village & Burke’s Marina
, Sacandaga Lake
, Saratoga Lake
, Schroon Lake
, Second Pond
, Seventh Lake, 
St. Regis Canoe Area, Floodwood Road – outfitters
, Stillwater Reservoir
, Tupper Lake
, Upper Saranac Lake, 
Upper St. Regis Lake
 and White Lake.

Visit a Boat Decontamination Station, Region-wide Stop by one of the all new boat decontamination stations for a free boat wash so that you can be sure your watercraft isn’t transporting any aquatic hitchhikers. Stations located at Chateaugay, Horicon, Northville, Okara Lakes, Paul Smith’s College, Piseco, Saranac, Second Pond, South Colton, Speculator, and Tupper Lake.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Ask-An-Expert, Lake George Visitors Center) Ask-An-Invasive-Species-Expert at the Lake George Visitor Center and learn about invasive species, including aquatic animal invaders such as the Asian clam, spiny water flea and Chinese mystery snail. View samples, learn about signs of infestations and get up-to-date on regulations. Sponsored by the Lake George Association

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Display, Paul Smith’s College VIC) Visit the Paul Smith’s College VIC to learn about invasive species identification, management and ways to stop their spread. Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program and Paul Smith’s VIC

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Invasive Species Shaped Cookies at Cranberry Lake, Long Lake and Tupper Lake State Boat Launches) Hungry? Speak with a boat launch steward about aquatic invasive species and eat a cookie shaped like one too! Available as long as supplies last at the Cranberry Lake, Tupper Lake and Long Lake boat launches to help spread awareness about invasive species. Be sure to ask your steward about the new boat decontamination program! Sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program