Invaders of Texas Citizen Scientist Basic Training


Do you want to help slow down the spread of harmful invasive species and reduce their ecological and economic damage? The first step is to locate where invaders have arrived and get that information to those who can do something about it. That's where citizen scientists come in. Citizen scientists are volunteers who receive expert training to identify and track important invaders in our area. 

A free Invaders of Texas Citizen Scientist basic training will prepare you to contribute to preservation of our natural environment and give you information to share about the harmful effects of invasive plants.

This 7-hour workshop will cover the Invaders of Texas Citizen Science Program and focus on training citizen scientists to identify and report invasive plants. It will include data entry using the TX Invaders mobile application. The workshop will also present general information on invasive species, managing the spread of invasives, invasive pests of regulatory concern, the Sentinel Pest Network, and best management practices for control and eradication of selected species.  Our instructors will demonstrate the "Eradicator Calculator", which is designed to help organize and record volunteer-based eradication efforts.


Please bring your smart phone, tablet, or laptop computer. If you have a camera with GPS capability, you are welcome to bring it in addition to your smart phone or tablet, as we will focus on using our mobile app. Please bring your own water bottle, and be prepared to be outside in the park for 45 minutes in the afternoon.

Basic training will be taught by Hans Landel, invasive species program coordinator of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; and Wildflower Center Speakers Bureau volunteer Rachel Cywinski who has been teaching Citizen Scientists training since 2008.


Invaders of Texas Citizen Scientists basic training is free of charge. Pre-registration is required at

Doors open for preregistrant check-in at 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast is available at 8:40, including vegetarian option.

Please be ready to begin class promptly at 9:00.

Lunch is provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill, 7322 Jones Maltsberger Rd.

Breakfast is provided by Natural Grocers, 13310 Northwest Military Highway.

Event Details

Starts Friday, Apr 20, 2018 9:00 am
Ends Friday, Apr 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Location Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park (PHP West)
Registration closed.

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