Dakota County Parks

Lebanon Hills Regional Park - 4.28 - 6.8: Garlic Mustard Challenge at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

General Description

Dakota County Parks is excited to host the Garlic Mustard Challenge once again at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Help us bust invasive species in our parks. 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. It's a biennial which means it completes its life cycle in 2 years. Volunteers pull the second year plants prior to or during flowering. The flowering plants must be bagged up and disposed of, as the plants can still produce seed even after being pulled!


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 GMC tracking volunteers. Complete a full ten hours of service during the season to win a fun prize as a special thanks to your commitment.



Lebanon Hills Regional Park

860 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123

(Driving directions)


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Learn how to safely and effectively remove this invasive species
  • Work with a team to remove Garlic Mustard from predetermined sections of the park
  • Perform an extra six hours of Garlic Mustard removal in Lebanon Hills Regional Park


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be able to walk on uneven terrain and stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be OK with getting a little dirty and being outside in nature


Minimum Time Commitment

2 hours 


Activity Level

Easy - May include light work or walking short distances over relatively level terrain. Comfortable shoes recommended.


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 occurs between Wednesday, April 28, 2021 and Tuesday, June 08, 2021