Lebanon Hills Regional Park - 7.08 - 8.31: Japanese Hedge Parsley Summer Challenge


General Description

A member of the carrot family, Japanese Hedge Parsley is native to Eurasia. It was brought to North America as a medicinal herb in the early 1900s. This is an early detection species - it is a non-native, invasive, high-risk species. This pesky plant spreads by the hooked seeds attaching to fur and clothing, making it likely to spread through contact with people and animals (especially along trails).


Dakota County Parks is excited to host another Japanese Hedge Parsley Challenge at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Are you ready to take those plant pulling skills to the next level? Strive to reach 10 hours of pulling at Lebanon Hills to win a special prize (see below). Pull on your own time or during one of our organized pulls as a larger group. Worried about the commitment? Planned summer challenge events and a supportive volunteer group will get you there in no time, no worries.





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 alone or with a team to remove JHP from predetermined sections of the park
  • Perform eight hours of JHP removal in Lebanon Hills Regional Park


Minimum Qualifications

  • Able to attend the full event
  • Must be able to walk on uneven terrain and stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be OK with walking longer distances (up to 1 - 2 miles per event)
  • Must be OK with getting a little dirty and being outside in nature
  • 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. 


Minimum Time Commitment

10 hour challenge goal


Activity Level

Moderate - May include work in varying temperatures, rough terrain, and bugs. Comfortable shoes, pants, and tick preventable clothing recommended.


Required Training

Training for identification and extraction will take place at each summer challenge event before we begin. 


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 Monday, July 05, 2021 and Tuesday, August 31, 2021