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Adopt-a-Patch Summer 2024

Do you visit Elk Island National Park often? Do you want to contribute to the conservation of the park? Here is your chance to enjoy the great outdoors and help protect the park from invasive plants that threaten the ecosystem!
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to visit Elk Island several times throughout the summer. Parks Canada specialists will work with you to provide training so that you are confident while volunteering. Once trained, you will work independently at your adopted patch throughout the summer as your time permits.


• Complete the training to develop competencies in plant identification, mechanical weed control, and safety procedures, as well as communication skills for when curious visitors chat with you.
• Availability throughout the summer to visit and work on your adopted patch/route.
• Willingness to wear Parks Canada branded volunteer clothing.

Volunteer duties:

• Visit the adopted patch/route regularly to mechanically control weeds. This could include cutting or pulling weeds, digging out entire plants with roots, or cutting and bagging flowers and/or seed heads.
• Fill out weed control forms when you work independently in your patch. This can be done electronically through a phone app.
• Use safety equipment provided and follow safety procedures.

Know any friends who would be interested in volunteering with you? You can sign up as a small group to share the duties!

Please email or visit Friends of Elk Island Society Facebook page for more information, if you would like to participate.