Traverwood / Stapp Invasives Removal


Thursday, July 21 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Traverwood | Grade 6-Adult

Wear your outdoor work duds and with the help of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation (NAP) staff, identify and pull invasive plants on the grounds of Traverwood or nearby Stapp Nature Area. Meet just outside the front door of the Traverwood Branch.

What are invasives? These are plants that do not naturally occur in southeast Michigan woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. Invasive plants DO NOT provide the food and habitat needed by our native animals.

Teens, this is a VOLUNTEER opportunity. Just complete NAP’s Volunteer Form and bring it along with you to the event.

BONUS - For lending a hand at this event you can earn maximum points to add to your AADL SUMMER GAME totals! Just ask for the game code.



This sounds like a great way to stop the invasives.

If the invasives do not occur naturally in southeast Michigan I wonder how they got here. Interesting biology/ecology lesson!

I think I am going to try and make it. But it runs a little late. Hopefully I will have a babysitter for my son by then.

nice way to volunteer and clear out invasives

wish i could come

This would be a great service project for a Boy Scout Troop or Girl Scout Troop.

I'm going!!! Totally!

this looks rly cool!

I can't go! :(

Sounds like a great opportunity to get involved! Will try to make it.




Nice community service opportunity!

Alas, I work nights, wish they had done this a little earlier in day.

I love doing this type of stuff

This doesn't make since why is it during the Night.

Just watch out for poison ivy, folks.

I'll tell my brother but I doubt he'll come.


Sounds cool, but I don't think I can go :(
This is great to help clean out the invasives.

Darn, I'll be out of town...

Volunteering is a great way to help the community


this looks really fun but I cant come

Sounds pretty cool.

i wish i could go


Great idea all around - partnering with NAP (we've worked with them several times over the years - great bunch of folks), maintaining grounds, volunteer incentives - I am constantly amazed at how you @ AADL think outside the box to get things done!

:) Awesome!


wish i could come

I'm going to try to make it to this.

In my day they called invasive plants weeds.

Many native plants are considered weeds because they are not what we usually think of as garden plants. Most often they are plants brought by settlers who want to have familiar plantings to enjoy in their new home. Over time seeds escape and begin growing in roadside ditches. An example of this is purple loosestrife, a wetland plant naturally found in Europe and Asia. In the last week I've noticed loosestrife blooming in roadside ditches and wetland areas. Loosestrife in bloom is atractive but is a problem in our wetlands. It grows so thickly it crowds out other plants that provide the kind of cover and food birds and mammals need.





I'm a little worried about being eaten alive by mosquitoes at that time of the evening.

I agree about the mosquitoes. We will be in Stapp Nature Area to work this week. I would bring along some kind of bug spray for protection.



Thanks for the information iversons. Interesting that people would have brought plants all the way over from Europe and Asia.

I hope it's not to hot because it said it was going to be like 99 degrees.

Can't go

Some invasive plants are not invasive. I don't consider anything an invasive species really, no offense to any one going to the event.


I wish I could have gone.

Sounds fun!

Nooooo!!!! i couldnt make it :(

This looked like fun. Wish I had heard about it last week