Lynnhurst Invasive Plant Volunteers Making a Difference

Perhaps you have walked or driven along Minnehaha Creek or Lake Harriet and have seen volunteers with shovels, machetes, and saws creating piles of branches and weeds along the path and wondered, “What’s going on?” You have seen the Lynnhurst Invasive Plant Volunteers making a difference.  

This group is always in need of more people to help eradicate the plants that have invaded our parkland. The group’s main focus is Buckthorn along Lake Harriet. Garlic Mustard, Burdock, Buckthorn, Motherwort, Nightshade, and Tartarian Honeysuckle are the focus along the creek. 

Please consider joining! Buckthorn removal at Lake Harriet is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, near 43rd Street & Lake Harriet Parkway. They work along the north side of Minnehaha Creek from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at the Bryant bridge. 

Any amount of volunteer time is welcomed – 10 minutes to the full three hours. Bring gloves (it’s BuckTHORN, after all), a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, good work shoes, and a water bottle. The volunteer team has extra shovels and other needed instruments. Volunteers are most needed on the Monday, Wednesday, Thursday crews.

Join the endeavor to make our parkland more native
Email us at and mention you are interested in volunteering for invasive removal. Or simply show up between 9 a.m. and noon at either location on the noted weekday during the season. The group works through September.