Do you enjoy being outside in nature and don’t mind working hard? Join the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy for a hands-on learning experience that will focus on the proper techniques of trail maintenance and invasive plant removal. Volunteers will be split into two groups:

  • Trail Maintenance: Learn the proper techniques, such as rock armoring and rolling grade dips, to prevent sediment erosion and improve water quality.
  • Invasive Plant Removal: Learn how to identify invasive and native plants, and proper methods for invasive plant removal. Install new native plants along trails in Loch Raven Reservoir.

Workshop eligible for community service learning hours. Registration deadline is Thursday November 8. Space limited to 30 volunteers. Appropriate for ages 12+.

Register online here


When Please arrive by 10:15 am to sign in/register.  We will start the workshop at 10:30 am sharp on Saturday November 10, 2018.

Where:  Loch Raven Reservoir. From 695, take exit 27 (Dulaney Valley Road) north. Follow for about 3 miles and cross the Dulaney Valley Bridge at the reservoir. Bear right at the light just after the bridge to stay on Dulaney Valley Road. Continue for another 2 miles to the T intersection where the former Pearce’s Landing is on the left. At the T intersection, go straight onto Loch Raven Drive. You will go about 1 mile, pass the next T intersection at Morgan Mill Road, stay on Loch Raven Drive and go about another 1/2 mile and stop at the Pines area just before the reservoir bridge. Park on the water side of road on the right. Meet at Trail Maintenance sign in table. Then ask for a parking pass for your dashboard at sign in table.

What to bring: Remember to wear sturdy shoes, bring a hat, gloves, and clothes that can get dirty. Bring your own lunch and water. We will break for lunch around noon.

Volunteer Groups Large groups should directly contact Peggy Perry, GVC Program Director of Education & Restoration, to register.

This FREE workshop is made possible by a conservation grant from Recreational Equipment, Inc., a partner with Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, and in partnership with the City of Baltimore Reservoir Natural Resources Section / Watershed Rangers.