Waukesha County

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Calling All Agents...  Your assignments are as follows:

 

MISSION

To restore our Earth! We can take care of the planet and Waukesha County, but we need your help!
Join us to hand pull and bag Garlic Mustard in the parks.
(Or join a special assignment for age 18+ and cleanup the shoreline of the Fox River. See River Cleanup Mission Details.)

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Between 9 a.m. - Noon
The mission will be held rain or shine. Dress for weather conditions, wear boots and bring your own work gloves.
Registration required by April 21, 2021 (see below).

SPECIAL AGENTS

Open to volunteers of various ages, skills, and abilities. Recommended age 13+. (Age 18+ for River Cleanup Mission)
(Adult supervision is REQUIRED for the duration of the project if a volunteer is under the age of 18.)

All participants must register for a location and time below. Free Park Entrance for those participating.

Participants will receive further instructions (video, map, and work report form) the week prior to the mission. 
A daily park entrance pass will be issued by staff when you arrive.

 
SUBMIT YOUR REPORT:

THE TARGET

Garlic Mustard
Alias: Alliaria petiolata

This fast-spreading weed is very invasive and is threatening natural areas throughout the park system. Garlic mustard starts growing earlier in the season than Wisconsin's other native plants and outcompetes them. It spreads rapidly in wooded areas, forming tall, dense stands that smother native wildflowers, and native tree and shrub seedlings.

Garlic mustard is a winter annual herb that generally grows 2-4 feet tall. The lower leaves are kidney-shaped with scalloped edges. Leaves feel hairless, and the root has an "S" or "L" shape just below the stem base. In spring, roots and new leaves smell like garlic, and small, four-petal white flowers appear clustered at stem ends, followed by long, skinny seedpods.

Garlic mustard spreads by seed and can self-pollinate. It can produce up to 500 seeds per plant, and the seeds can survive in the soil for up to 7 years, making it hard to eliminate.

Garlic Mustard Plant Closeup with small white flowers Grove of Garlic Mustard Plants in bloom with small white flowers


CONFIRM ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR MISSION

Choose your preferred park location and register. Dress for weather conditions, wear boots and bring your own work gloves. 
Time slots are for one hour, but you are welcome to stay longer if you’d like!

Headquarters Rendezvous Point
A staff member will meet you there.
Register for a time slot
Fox Brook Park
2925 N. Barker Road, Brookfield, WI 53045
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Picnic Area 1
Fox River Park
W264 S4500 River Road, Waukesha, WI 53189
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Picnic Area 1
Menomonee Park
W220 N7884 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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 Beach House

Minooka Park
1927 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186
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 Picnic Area 3

Mukwonago Park
S100W31900 County Hwy LO, Mukwonago, WI 53149
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Picnic Area 1

Muskego Park
S83 W20370 Janesville Road, Muskego, WI 53150
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Picnic Area 4

Naga-Waukee Park
651 Hwy 83, Hartland, WI 53029
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Picnic Area 5
Nashotah Park
W330 N5113 County Rd C, Nashotah, WI 53058
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 Picnic Area 2

Retzer Nature Center
S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha, WI 53188
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 Maintenance Building

 

River Cleanup Mission Details Rendezvous Point
A staff member will meet you there.
Register for a time slot

Fox River Shoreline in Fox River Park
W264 S4500 River Road, Waukesha, WI 53189                    
Google Directions

Note: Open to volunteers age 18+. All participants must register for a time slot. Free Park Entrance for those participating. Event will be held rain or shine. Dress for weather conditions, and bring your own work gloves. Participants will be walking in the river, and boots will be provided. Time slots are for one hour, but if it takes you a little longer, that's fine! 

Participants will receive further instructions the week prior to the mission. 
A daily park entrance pass will be issued by staff when you arrive.

Family Picnic Area
Watercraft Access Area

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