Dakota County Parks

County Partners - Natural Resources - 10.8: Buckthorn Removal and Wildflower Planting in Mendota Heights


General Description

Volunteers will work alongside Great River Greening staff to remove invasive buckthorn and plant native shrubs and wildflowers at Copperfield Ponds Park in Mendota Heights. Native plants encourage wildlife and pollinators to return to this location and suppresses the growth of invasive plants.

This is a family-friendly event. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and training required. 

Register for this event HERE.


DISCLAIMER: This position is not with Dakota County Volunteers but with a partner organization. You may have to complete additional registration/documentation with the organization to fully register for this event. The organizations that host these opportunities take full responsibility for the organization and management of volunteers and the work during this event. 



Copperfield Ponds Park

650 Huber Dr.

Mendota Heights, MN 55120

(Map and Driving Directions



Saturday, October 8

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Removal of invasive buckthorn
  • Planting native wildflowers and shrubs


Minimum Qualifications

  • Open to all ages, corporate groups, families, etc.


Minimum Time Commitment

3 hours


Activity Level

Active – Event includes varying amounts of activity (long walks, rough terrain, and moderate physical exertion. May not be recommended for volunteers with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy 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