CA’s Adopt-a-Spot Program: Helping Columbia’s Ecosystem Thrive
Guest Post by Natalie Yee, CA Environmental Program Manager
You’ve already heard all about CA’s Weed Warriors and their incredible work to beautify Columbia. Did you know that these volunteers are also stepping up to participate in our exciting new Adopt-a-Spot program?
Across Columbia, these dedicated residents are working to remove non-native invasive plants and replace them with native plants. Best of all, they’re having lots of fun with friends while helping our ecosystem flourish. 💚🌱
We are so grateful for a community that cares deeply about the local environment, and to CA team member Maureen Cogan for capturing the journey of two inspiring Adopt-a-Spot groups in this video!
How to get involved
Becoming a certified Weed Warrior is the first step to participating in Adopt-a-Spot.
Weed Warrior training is held each spring to teach volunteers about hand tool safety, personal protection against insects and toxic plants, non-native invasive plant identification and removal techniques and native plant replacements. To sign up, email OpenSpace.ResourceRequests@ColumbiaAssociation.org. If you’re a certified Weed Warrior interested in adopting your own spot, please fill out this form.
Last year, we had more than 700 volunteer hours in our open space alone! Our Open Space volunteers are over the age of 18, but anyone younger is allowed to participate as long as there is an adult willing to supervise them. We welcome individuals, organizations and even corporate groups to participate. Check out our webpage to learn about all the fun ways to get involved!