Activities & time commitments
Pesky Plant Trackers is science we do together, or citizen science. As a Tracker, your observations matter because they help people restore Minnesota environments by controlling two particularly pesky plants, wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed. Here’s how it works:
LEARN to identify wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed; track seasonal change; and be safe around wild parsnip.
- Online training course (click to launch)
- Time commitment: about 4 hours
FIND wild parsnip and/or Japanese knotweed plants in your local environment. For help with this step, see "Find pesky plants near me."
- When: After completing training (above)
- Time commitment: varies, approximately 2 hours
JOIN Nature’s Notebook by registering an account and setting up your site and plants online.
- When: after finding plants (above)
- Time commitment: about 20 minutes
TRACK plants & SHARE what you see on Nature's Notebook. Protective clothing is required when working around wild parsnip (click for safety information).
- When: June through September, 2020-2022
- Duration: about 20 minutes per week