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Air Potato Round-Up for National Public Lands Day Ravine Gardens State Park

  • When: Saturday, February 11, 2017,  9:00 am -  1:00 pm
  • Location: Ravine Gardens State Park 1600 Twigg Street Palatka, FL 32177
  • Cost: Park admission is free for all volunteers.

The Air Potato Rodeo is an annual park beautification day and resource management project held to help control the air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera) that is widespread at Ravine Gardens. Controlling this invasive plant is crucial in maintaining the historic beauty of the formal gardens in the park. Air Potato wranglers will assist park staff and volunteers in the collection of the potato-like tubers in efforts to control the sprouting and spread of the vine.

All ages are invited to enjoy a day of resource management fun, refreshments and community involvement. Prizes will be given for the most potatoes collected for individuals and groups. We will also have prizes for the largest potato, smallest potato and weirdest potato, as well as the most golf balls collected. The first 100 volunteers will receive an event t-shirt (while supplies lasts). Admission into the park is free to participants. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Ravine Gardens, our Citizen Support Organization (CSO).

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