Pull garlic mustard at Hampton Woods

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area
Volunteer Michelle with a patch of garlic mustard at Hampton Woods

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Hampton Woods is the largest continuous oak forest in southern Dakota County, providing critical habitat for forest-dwelling animals, especially birds. This site is especially important because much of the surrounding area is farmland.

Thanks to an FMR partnership with Dakota County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and local landowners, 191 acres of Hampton Woods are permanently protected as a Wildlife Management Area.

Volunteers are needed to assist with hand-pulling invasive species from the forest floor. We will focus our efforts on removing garlic mustard. FMR staff will provide identification and removal guidance – no previous experience is necessary.

As always, all are welcome. However, space is limited and registration is required. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, engaging residents to learn about the watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources.


A long walk is required to get to the worksite, up to 1/2 mile or more. Volunteers will work on fairly level terrain, but with cut stumps, fallen trees, and sometimes dense vegetation. Pulling garlic mustard can be done while kneeling or sitting down. Volunteers may be required to carry bags of garlic mustard some distance out from the removal area.

Ready to register?

Please use the form below to register for this event. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at volunteer@fmr.org or (651) 222-2193 x27.

We understand that volunteers are used to registering over email - please bear with us as we navigate staff transitions and help us out by using this form! Rest assured that our program staff are seeing your registrations, and we will be in touch as it gets closer to the event date.

If you're under 18 and interested in volunteering without the company of your parent or guardian, please take a moment and have them fill out this brief minor permission form.

Register for the Hampton Woods garlic mustard pull!

Can't make it?

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Thank you to our partners and funders: 

Thank you to our partners and funders: BNSF Foundation, Dakota County, the Marathon Foundation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Outdoor Heritage Fund, RBC Wealth Management, United Way of Hastings and Xcel Energy.

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