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The gorgeous PNW hiking weather has officially arrived, and this summer, you can hit the trails with a purpose by learning how to identify and report invasive plant species! Sign up for one of the FREE invasive plant ID workshops at the RSVP links listed below, and the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council will show you how. All trainings are also eligible for up to 2.5 WSDA, SER and SWS/PWS recertification credits.


*All trainings are eligible for up to 2.5 WSDA, SER, and SWS/PWS recertification credits


About the Program

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW IPC) is a non-profit conservation organization ( working in partnership with National Forests and Parks, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), county noxious weed programs, and other local groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. This will be their eighth year to search for priority and newly emerging invasive plants in our National Forests, National Parks and other public lands. If you are recreating and/or working on public lands and are interested in participating in our program and/or would like to learn more about invasive plants, you are invited to attend one of their FREE upcoming trainings. 


Citizen Science EDRR Volunteer Training

A 2.5 hour training session where you will learn how to identify priority invasive species, how to record basic data and how to report findings on EDDMapSWest, a national early detection reporting system.  Participants learn plant identification through a PowerPoint presentation and live material. Participants also learn methods of manual removal and which species you should not attempt to remove. Trainings will equip volunteers with the knowledge necessary to conduct invasive plant surveys in order to support local land managers that need your help. Your efforts will directly support the maintenance of healthy ecosystems. Volunteers will receive an invasive plant identification booklet along with survey forms. We ask that volunteers who sign up conduct a minimum of 1-2 surveys over the field season.


Workshops in 2019: Capacity will be limited, so if you would like to attend one of these free trainings, please RSVP to Marisa Deluccia at to reserve your place!


Mount Vernon, WA               Friday, May 17th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Address: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

Hosted by: Joseph Shea, Skagit Co. Noxious Weed Coordinator

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Bellingham, WA                Thursday, May 23rd, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: Whatcom County Public Works Building, 322 N Commercial St #210, Bellingham, WA 98225

Hosted by: Laurel Baldwin, Whatcom Co. Noxious Weed Control Board

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Chehalis, WA Wednesday, June 5th, Start Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Address: Community Event Building at Southwest WA Fairgrounds, 2555 N National Ave, Chehalis WA 98532

Hosted by: Bill Wamsley, Lewis Co. Noxious Weed Control Board

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Snohomish County, WA  Saturday, June 8th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm  

Address: Snohomish County Road Maintenance Facility, 8915 Cathcart Way, Snohomish, WA 98296

Hosted by: Jonathane Schmitt, King Co. Noxious Weed Board

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North Bend, WA                   Sunday, June 9nd, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Address: North Bend Ranger Station, Meeting Hall (behind station)902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045

Hosted by: Sasha Shaw, King Co. Noxious Weed Board, and Jonathane Schmitt, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Service

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Auburn, WA                     Saturday, June 15th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Address: Green River College (PNW Conference Room), 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA 98092

Hosted by: Jonathane Schmitt, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Service

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Seattle, WA                      Saturday, June 22nd, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Address: Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195

Hosted by: Sasha Shaw, King Co. Noxious Weed Board

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Sandy, OR                       Saturday, June 22nd, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Address: Sandy Senior Center, 9310 S 1300 E, Sandy, OR, 94094

Hosted by: David Lebo, Westside Zone Botanist, Mt. Hood National Forest; Sam Leininger, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District

RSVP link coming soon

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