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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:

  1. LEARN to identify wild parsnip and Japanese knotweed; track seasonal change; and be safe around wild parsnip.

  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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

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LAUNCH COURSETake the online training to become a citizen scientist with Pesky Plant Trackers.