Kirkwood Parks Assistance Corps (KPAC) Events

Honeysuckle Hackathon 

Monday-Saturday, March 19-24

Invasive bush honeysuckle encroaching a footpath

Eliminating invasive bush honeysuckle from Kirkwood parks' woodlands is a priority for KPAC. This invasion prevents native plants, trees, and wildlife from accessing the resources needed to survive and prevents native plants from growing. You can help free our parks from the spread of invasive bush honeysuckle by joining the many volunteer removal events this spring. For more information, call the volunteer coordinator at 314-984-5993 or email

Kirkwood Park Honeysuckle Hackathon

111 S. Geyer Road

Dates: Monday-Saturday, March 19-24 

Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Preregistration is requested to participate in these events. Complete the online registration form or email to register. Volunteers will be removing honeysuckle along Rifle Range Road. 


Thanks to our sponsor, St. Louis Tree Pros, volunteers can enter a chance to win a free native tree. St. Louis Tree Pros will deliver and plant the tree in a spot of the winner's choosing in St. Louis City or St. Louis County. The lucky winner can choose a 3-gallon tree from five native tree species, redbud, white oak, red oak, dogwood or black gum. Every volunteer who participates in the Hackathon will also receive a 10% discount on a future St. Louis Tree Pros service. Enter the raffle and pick up your coupon at the registration table. 


Join the Hackathon Bash, Saturday, March 24, starting at 5:00 pm to celebrate a week of non-stop invasive bush honeysuckle hacking. Live entertainment, The Lonely Mountain String Band takes the stage at 5:30 pm. Hamburgers, hot dogs plus other yummy refreshments are provided. 


What can I expect?

A brief orientation is given after volunteers sign-in then we will cut and remove invasive bush honeysuckle using hand tools. We will also need volunteers to drag cut branches to the curb for chipping at a later date.

Water and light refreshments will be provided as well as a place to take much needed breaks. Hacking and dragging bush honeysuckle is a physical task that involves bending, squatting, kneeling and the use of most of the upper body muscles. Come ready to move! 

What should I bring?

Hand tools, such as loppers and handsaws, are available for use. Safety glasses and gloves are also provided. You may use your own personal honeysuckle hacking hand tools and safety equipment. Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department is not responsible for lost items.

What to wear?

Dress in a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Clothing should be comfortable and able to get dirty.

Are minors permitted to volunteer? 

All volunteers are welcome! However, minors under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian consent. Simply complete the Minor Volunteer Activity Assumption of Risk Form or a parent/guardian can register the minor when checking in at the red tent. Minors under age 13 must volunteer near parent/guardian for supervision.

Where can I find more information about invasive bush honeysuckle?

Many great websites provide:

For a fun, interactive way to learn more about invasive bush honeysuckle, stop by the Old Court House in Downtown St. Louis to watch the Trial of Bush Honeysuckle on April 4th. 


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Joe Gildehaus removing invasive bush honeysuckle