The Leave No Weeds program emphasizes the importance of healthy plant communities and the problems associated with the invasion of noxious weeds into these systems. Leave No Weeds highlights the environmental effects, control, and managements of noxious weeds with an emphasis on integrated weed management concepts. This educational program is sponsored by city, county, state, and federal land management agencies.
The Leave No Weeds program consists of an hour long classroom presentation followed by a hands-on fieldtrip to a local open space, typically Mt. Jumbo for Missoula students, or a nearby natural space for the rural schools. This program in Missoula County is targeted for a 5th grade audience.
The Missoula County Weed District offer the Leave No Weeds program as a free service to all interested school districts. Students not only learn to identify native plants vs. noxious weeds but get their hands dirty pulling weeds, observing bio-control in action and reseeding with native seed mixes. This program gets students outside, introduces them to local ecosystems, teaches students plant identification skills and integrated weed management practices, as well as, the importance of participating in stewardship projects.
Funding for bus transportation is available!
The Missoula County Weed District promotes No Child Left Inside for more information follow the link to the Missoula Children & Nature Network