Gainesville Greenway Challenge

Wells Fargo volunteer group at
Green Acres Nature Park.

Year-round, take the challenge to protect Gainesville’s natural areas! The Gainesville Greenway Challenge is a year-round effort whose aim is to restore natural habitat in Gainesville by removing invasive non-native plant species that threaten ecosystem health. Join the challenge on the first Saturday of each month and help us to eradicate the region’s most aggressive invasive plants in Gainesville’s nature parks! 


Every Thursday, come join us at Give Back Thursdays! Between 9am and 12pm we will be removing a variety of exotic invasives including Coral Ardisia, Ceasar's Weed and more!

Prizes for the individual and group with the most volunteer hours throughout the year will be awarded at the Great Invader Raider Rally in January!

For information on the location of these events, look up our weekly events on our Facebook page.

Groups or individuals can find out more about upcoming events for the Gainesville Greenway Challenge by signing up for the newsletter below. For more information contact the City at or call 352-393-8428. 

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Funding for the Gainesville Greenway Challenge was provided by a Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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The Great Invader Raider Rally 

With 640 volunteers, a total of 1266 hours were accumulated during the event on January 28th!

7050 pounds of Coral ardisia, 202 pounds of Air Potato, and 375 Pounds of trash were removed from 8 of Gainesville Nature Parks.

Thank you so much to our sponsors and volunteers who joined the event!


Online Registration is now closed.

For more updates, check out the Facebook event: 3rd Annual Great Invader Raider Rally