Phragmites Control

Every year, rare takes on ecological restoration initiatives to enhance and rehabilitate the unique native habitats of this urban land trust. Join us and help conserve native biodiversity through the removal of invasive species! Volunteers can expect to learn invasive plant identification as well as proper removal techniques. This is a great opportunity for those looking to gain in field experience with ecological restoration and become more familiar with the flora of southern Ontario.

*Due to COVID-19, the 2021 field season may look a little different. Land Management events are subject to change or cancellation.

Phragmites is a perennial grass native to Eurasia that has been damaging biodiversity, wetlands and beaches in Ontario for decades. It is an aggressive spreader that out-competes native species through competition for resources and the release of toxins. It reduces habitat and food for wildlife, lowers water levels, increases the risk of fire and can affect agriculture, road safety and recreational activities. Volunteers will assist with the removal of this species at a number of sites across the property, including the Blair Flats wetland.

Recommended attire:

  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Suitable foot wear (sturdy, closed-toed shoes or boots)
  • Rubber boots or hip waders if working in or around a creek or wetland
  • Hat
  • Work or gardening gloves

Additional items to bring:

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellent
  • Snacks and/or bag lunch (if participating for full day)

Each volunteer day will have a morning (9:30AM-12:30PM) and an afternoon (1:30PM-4:30PM) session. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for one or both sessions. For more information, contact rare’s Conservation Technician at 519-650-9336 x114 or

The AM (9:30AM-12:30PM) Phragmites Control Registration ticket sales has ended!
The PM (1:30PM-4:30PM) Phragmites Control Registration ticket sales has ended!


Sep 10 2021


9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Lamb's Inn
1679 Blair Road, Cambridge


Land Management