Volunteers Community Partners


We need your help to stop the spread of invasive species! Volunteers are the lifeblood of invasive species management. From helping to provide information to residents of our region to hand-pulling water chestnut from our delicate waterbodies, volunteers are invaluable. Opportunities for volunteers to give back to the community while helping the environment include: providing information at tabling events within the WNY region, mechanically harvesting inasives such as water chestnut, and surveying for invasives in your own backyard.

WNY PRISM and our Partners provide opportunities for groups and individuals to volunteer and help in our fight against invasive species. Opportunities include surveys and mapping, invasive species removal projects, and education and outreach events. Visit our Calendar of Events or contact us at [email protected] /(716)-878-4708) to ask about volunteer opportunities that reflect your interests.


Volunteer Call-Out 2015WNY PRISM is currently looking for volunteers to help with outreach throughout our region. Join our Volunteers! Please email [email protected] or call (716)-878-4708 for more information.

Education and Outreach

Help spread the word about invasive species! There are exciting opportunities available to a wide range of individuals with different interests, knowledge, and abilities. Activities may include operating a display booth at outreach events, fairs, farmer’s markets, music festivals and more! Perhaps you are a graphic designer or writer interested in developing content for our displays, brochures, flyers, and newsletters.


Additional Opportunities with WNY PRISM:

Invasive Species Removal

WNY PRISM and our Partners need your help with removing invasive species from important conservation areas. Volunteer workdays are held throughout the field season to manually and mechanically remove both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. These events may include hand pulling water chestnut by canoe, pulling up buckthorn with a weed wrench, or cutting down vegetation. Special events/days for larger groups wishing to volunteer are also held throughout field season by many of our Partners.

Upcoming Volunteer Events:

Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York – Yellow Flag Iris Removal @ Furman Fen on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Western New York Land Conservancy – Honeysuckle Harvest @ Kenneglen on Thursday, July 13, 2017

WNY PRISM – Invasive Species Removal @ Franklin’s Gulf on Friday, July 14, 2017

Buffalo Audubon – Invasive Species Removal @ North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve on Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Check out our events calendar for more information!


Report Invasive Species

Attend an iMapInvasives Training to learn how you can share information about invasive species populations. This online, GIS based data management system tracks invasive species presence and distribution across the region. Data entered into iMapInvasives is essential for land managers to make smart management decisions. Trainings include invasive species identification and use of iMapInvasives, and may be provided for interested groups.

For more information see our Report an Invasive page.


If you are interested in an internship with WNY PRISM, please contact Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator at [email protected]. Please bring your ideas for projects!


Honeysuckle harvest 2016! WNY PRISM joined with the Land Conservancy to remove honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve as part of 2016 Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Honeysuckle harvest 2016! WNY PRISM joined with the Land Conservancy to remove honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve as part of 2016 Invasive Species Awareness Week.