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Provides information about general volunteer opportunities and other ways that the average citizen can help to control invasive species, organized alphabetically by type of organization.

You can help by learning what invasive species are in your area and what is being done about them.

  • Check out our State resources and your county's Cooperative Extension Office for local invasive species information.
  • Report any new invasive species and location expansions.
  • Clean hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles, and other pathways of spread to stop hitchhiking invasive species.
  • Use certified "weed-free" forage, firewood, hay, mulch, and soil.
  • Remove invasive plants from your land and plant non-invasive plants in your garden.
  • Volunteer for organized efforts to remove invasive species from natural areas.

See other sections for species specific information:


Federal Government

Don't Pack a Pest Video

Take Pride in America - Enlist Volunteers in the Fight Against Invasive Species (PDF | 267 KB)

The Early Detectives: How to Use Volunteers Against Invasive Species, Case Studies of Volunteer Early Detection Programs in the U.S.
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
The University of Richmond, Environmental Studies Program (2003)
Editors: Kyle Hegamyer, Stephen P. Nash, Peter D. Smallwood

Volunteer Invasives Monitoring Program
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Wildlife Refuge Association; Nature Conservancy; DOI. USGS. National Institute of Invasive Species Science.

Weed/Invasive Species Control (select box or search for specific keywords)

What You Can Do
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

State Government

Invasive Species - Things You Can Do (PDF | 541 KB)
Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Non-natives - What Can I Do to Help?
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

What YOU Can Do!
Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species.

What YOU Can Do to Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species!
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife and Heritage Service.


Don't Release Your Pet!
University of Florida. IFAS. Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Plant City Campus.


Invasive Species - What Can I Do to Help?
The Scottish Executive.


Cape Island Habitat Restoration Task Force: A Partnership in Invasive Plant Management
New Jersey Audubon Society.
Volunteer opportunities exist to help manage, survey, and monitor invasive species, and private landowners are encouraged to join this partnership to learn about invasive species and how to enhance wildlife habitat on their properties.

CitiSci.org - Citizen Science
Colorado Sate University.
An invasive species mapping program that allows citizens, school groups, and professionals to enter invasive species observations into a global database. Provides the training and tools to allow anyone to participate in research on species distributions. For starters, we are focusing on engaing citizen scientists to help map invasive species.
Note: Funded by by National Science Foundation (NSF); joint effort with the U.S. Geological Survey and under the supervision of the National Institute of Invasive Species Science.

Get Out There
Public Broadcasting System. National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth.

National initiative developed by the ANS Task Force and its partner organizations, focuses on the prevention of the spread of non-native species via the aquarium and water garden pathways

How Can I Get Involved (North Carolina)
North Carolina Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

Invasive Species in Massachusetts - What You Can Do
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.

Invasive Species Removal Projects
Maryland Native Plant Society.

National Public Lands Day
National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Protecting Native Plants and Animals: Taking on the Invaders and Volunteer Opportunities (can select by State)
Nature Conservancy.

What You Can Do to Prevent Species Invasion and Take the Pledge - Don't Transport Firewood!
Union of Concerned Scientists.

Volunteer Resources - Global Restoration Network
Society for Ecological Restoration International.

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