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iMapInvasives Training for Volunteers

with Andrew Schwitzgebel

Thursday, June 6

6:30pm - 8pm 

John  B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve

Troy, NY

This event is free, but pre-registration is required.
To register, click on the link below. 

Register Here


About this outing
iMapInvasives is an app that natural resources professionals across North America use to keep track of the spread of invasive species. Anybody (even YOU) can submit an observation, and all observations are double checked and confirmed by professionals. On the back end, professionals can see a map of all invasive species observations, making this an indispensable tool for managing invasive species.
Whether you’re a professional botanist or a total amateur, we’d like to invite you to learn how to use this valuable tool to help us track the spread of invasive species on our properties! The more people we can empower to collect data, the better picture we will have of the status of our properties, and the better we will be able to focus our management efforts. 


Before the event

Please create an account at

Follow along with this video to create an account, download the app, and learn some basics!

From a desktop or laptop computer, log in to iMapInvasives. Click the menu button (by the leaf in the top left of the map screen), and select Organizations. Search for Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and request to join the organization (link in the top right).

What to expect & what to bring

We will meet at the parking lot at 6:30pm, give folks a few minutes to trickle in, and go on a short hike where we will encounter several common invasive species. We will go through some basics of identifying these species and practice submitting observations in the app.

Please wear sturdy, close-toed shoes – trails are likely to be muddy!

About the outing leader

Andrew Schwitzgebel is the Stewardship Manager for RPA. He tries to be a thorn in the side of invasive species wherever he goes, and has led removal projects in Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, and New York.


If you have questions or would like more information, contact Stewardship Manager Andrew Schwitzgebel at

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