Become a Volunteer

We need your help to protect the Adirondacks from invasive species. The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) provides opportunities to volunteer with both its Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Projects. Contact us to inquire about additional volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities with APIPP’s Aquatic Project

Volunteer throws a rake toss to survey for aquatic invasive plants.

APIPP volunteers survey for aquatic invasive plants.

APIPP’s Aquatic Invasive Species Project provides training to volunteers on how to survey for and document aquatic invasive species. Citizen volunteers can attend one of these training sessions to sharpen their identification skills and learn how to conduct a survey. Volunteers paddle along the perimeter of a waterway, surveying for aquatic invasive plants, and document the area searched and any infestations discovered. Volunteers can also survey for aquatic invasive animals such as spiny waterflea and Asian clams using plankton tows and sediment sieves.

Collected aquatic invasive species presence and absence data is recorded to APIPP’s invasive species distribution map and iMapInvasives. This distribution information helps APIPP to focus its prevention and management efforts.

Interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity? Contact APIPP’s Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunities with APIPP’s Terrestrial Project

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A group of APIPP volunteers help manage an infestation of purple loosestrife

APIPP’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Project organizes volunteers to assist with inventory, survey and control efforts for terrestrial invasive plants and forest pests. Citizen volunteers can attend a training session to sharpen their identification skills and learn how to survey for and/or manage an infestation. Interested groups can also schedule a volunteer work day with APIPP’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator to get out in the field and help manage priority invasive plant infestations.

Collected terrestrial invasive species presence and absence date is recorded to APIPP’s invasive species distribution map and iMapinvasives. This distribution information helps APIPP to focus its prevention and management efforts.

Interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity? Contact APIPP’s Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator.