Volunteer Week: Knotweed Removal/Restoration at Gowings Swamp in Concord

Program Details

Date and Time:

April 20, 2018 10:00am to 3:30pm


Gowings Swamp, Concord


Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship



Gowings Swamp, also known as Thoreau's Bog, is located in a historic district of Concord, at the far west end of Minute Man National Park. This unique bog community is threatened by several species of invasive plants. This work day is focused on cutting and removing Japanese Knotweed from the border of a vernal pool. Volunteers will be raking up the cut knotweed, placing it in dumpster bags and then dumping the bags in the dumpster. At the end of the day, we will be seeding with a native plant mix. Volunteers may enjoy exploring the bog or the Minute Man National Historic Park before or after the work session. Volunteers are asked to commit at least 2 hours during the work day.

Bring water, sun and bug protection; work gloves if you have a favorite pair. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. We will provide additional work gloves and all tools.

Two shifts 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Please register at Nature Groupie