Lebanon Hills Regional Park - 4.16 - 5.30: Garlic Mustard Removal at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

General Description 

Dakota County Parks is gearing up to continue Garlic Mustard removal once again at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Garlic Mustard is an invasive species brought over from Europe that outcompetes our native wildflowers and tree seedlings that various native species rely on for food and shelter. This is one pesky plant we do not want out in our parks.


Why use volunteers? Because people can pinpoint and effectively remove this plant better than by machine or using chemicals. Mowing indiscriminately removes plant life and we want to limit chemical spraying while hiring private contractors and crews can become very expensive. Utilizing volunteers is a fiscal, effective and greener way of tackling this issue. 


Following a brief training, you'll work alongside Dakota County staff and other volunteers to remove the plants from pre-designated areas of the park thanks to our GM tracking volunteers. We will host multiple shifts during the pulling season to make sure we exhaust this plant before it starts to seed, helping keep this invasive from spreading deeper into our parks. Come for as many shifts as you want and make some new friends as you work towards removal season goals. 


New in 2024: Join us on select dates starting at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for our Garlic Mustard Grill Out Nights. Let us take care of dinner for you. Grab a bite to eat before we head out into the woods. Grill Out Nights will be April 25, May 16, and May 23. 



Lebanon Hills Regional Park

860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123

(Driving directions)



Pulling season will start in April and run through May 2024. 

Various times available - choose as many shifts as you would like. 




Duties & Responsibilities

  • Safely and effectively remove this invasive species.
  • Work with a team to remove garlic mustard from predetermined sections of the park.
  • Remove pulled plants by putting them in black garbage bags and leaving the bags at predetermined drop sites. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be able to walk on uneven terrain and stand/crouch for extended periods of time.
  • Comfortable with walking distances up to 1 - 2 miles per event.
  • Must be OK with getting a little dirty and being outside in nature exposed to the elements. 
  • Fun for the whole family and all age groups.
  • If you would like to volunteer as a group (families not included), please contact our Volunteer Coordinator before registering.
  • Extra caution should be taken to those who have allergies to bees and plants.


Minimum Time Commitment

Most shifts last for 2 - 2.5 hours.


Activity Level

Moderate - You will encounter uneven surfaces and extended periods of time on your feet. Most of the work will happen while off trail and you may come into contact with wildlife and other natural elements. Includes walking distances of up to 1-2 miles per event. Appropriate shoes and clothing required.


Required Training

Training will be offered at the beginning of each shift for those that need it. 


Contact Information

Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Dakota County Communications

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 | Email: garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us



Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 1:00 PM 3:00 PM
Thursday, May 23, 2024 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 1:00 PM 3:00 PM
Thursday, May 30, 2024 5:30 PM 7:30 PM