Taking the creep out of Creeping Jenny

Event Details

July 26th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Westmeath Freshwater Caves, Pembroke, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

The Nature Conservancy of Canada needs your help to remove an invasive groundcover that is “creeping” its way into our ecosystems. Creeping Jenny is a fast-growing, perennial plant that thrives in wet soil and forms a dense mat of vegetation which outcompetes native plant species. Join us to tackle the creeping Jenny population at the Westmeath Freshwater Caves property, and protect native floodplain habitat.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Westmeath Freshwater Caves, Pembroke

The Westmeath Freshwater Caves property is located in the northeast corner of the Ottawa Valley Natural Area. The 33.4 ha property is a dry, rocky upland landscape on limestone bedrock. Several large karst sinkholes occur near the shoreline and are connected to the underwater cave system – part of the largest freshwater aquatic cave system in Canada. This section of the Ottawa River is relatively remote and has experienced little disturbance, making it ideal for threatened and endangered aquatic species. Forest covers 95% of the property, and provides habitat for several nationally, provincially and regionally rare species.

What you will be doing

Creeping Jenny, also known as moneywort, is a low-growing, herbaceous, perennial plant. Although it generally only reaches a height of 5-10 cm tall, the frequently branching stems can span 0.6 m. This plant is native to temperate Asia and Europe, and is usually identified by its opposite, broad leaves. Creeping Jenny grows in a variety of habitats, but is especially threatening to moist environments, such as wetlands and stream banks.

Participants will be helping NCC staff to stop this creeping invader by manually pulling the plants out of the ground. This will involve bending and pulling motions, and a comfortable 0.5 km hike to the work site from the parking location.

Why you will love it

By hand-pulling creeping Jenny, you can help ensure that the beautiful native plants and the wildlife that depend on them continue to flourish in the forest and wetlands of the Westmeath Freshwater Caves Property.


Contact Megan Quinn: Megan.quinn@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

No previous experience is required. This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions.

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Work or gardening gloves, if you have them
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch