Joe Chase pulls weeds

In this file photo, former Sun Prairie mayor Joe Chase used a wheelbarrow and several 30-gallon trash bags to pull garlic mustard, an invasive plant, near the Shonas Highlands bike path (above) and along Broadway Drive in June 2020. The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will give a presentation May 14 about how to identify invasive species -- then give volunteers a chance to put their knowledge to work by pulling weeds.

A free informational training session will be offered on Saturday May 14 from 9-9:30 a.m. at Sheehan Park by City of Sun Prairie Parks & Forestry Division Manager Cindy Burtley and local conservationist expert Theran Stautz on how to identify invasive plants and properly remove and dispose of them.

Volunteers from the community and Sun Prairie Parks Friends are invited to apply their training and help with invasive plant removal at the park from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will meet at 910 S Bird St., which is the Sheehan Park Youth Baseball Complex parking lot near the Sun Prairie Skate Park.

Volunteers should wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, garden gloves to pull weeds and bring water and sunscreen.

To sign up, go online to