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What's Invasive

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Goal Alert park rangers of the spread of habitat-destroying plant
Task Use your mobile phone to locate invasive plants

Use your mobile phone to help us locate invasive plants!

Invasive weeds are a significant threat to native plants and animals. Although most non-natives are not considered "invasive", those that crowd out food sources for wild animals, create erosion, or act as a significant fire hazard can be considered a threat and need to be identified and located for removal. You can help!

Then, using your Android mobile phone, help us locate invasive plants in an expanding number of locations across the US, or you can create your own list of plants that you want help in locating.

Our iPhone app currently works only in the Santa Monica National Recreation Area but is being updated soon.

The plants you identify will be placed on public map and alert park rangers of the spread of these habitat-destroying plants.

You can also participate using any mobile phone with text or picture messaging, email, or our web forms and a digital camera.

How to Join

Visit and sign up to start!

Then, explore our website to see if there is a park near you. If not, and you are interested in collecting weed data, then why don't you suggest a nearby park and we can contact a National Park Service ranger. Or, you can set up a park on your own!

Required Gear

At the minimum, all that is required is a desire to observe the plants around you and an internet connection.

We have weed lists, made by experts in your area, and a web page that lets you locate your observation.

If you have an iPhone or Android phone, then it's even easier to make an observation and see it put on a map for rangers to check out.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Media Mentions
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Tags android, app, invasive, invasives, invasive species, iphone
Project Updated 09/09/2018