Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat

NO Bush HoneysuckleIn an effort to energize the greater St. Louis region around improving habitat for our native plants and animals, area conservation organizations join together to spotlight invasive bush honeysuckle and the need to remove it so that large swaths of land can become productive areas for native habitat, recreation and enjoyment. To that end, organizations will host public events and volunteer removal days during Honeysuckle Sweep Weeks.

Fall 2017 Honeysuckle Sweep Weeks will be October 28–November 12.

  • Raise public awareness about the need for bush honeysuckle removal and the benefits to wildlife and humans of replanting with native plants. Utilize creative events as well as informative volunteer removals opportunities.
  • Remove bush honeysuckle.
Rock Bridge State Park
Rock Bridge State Park. Photo by Erick Bohle.

What should our forests, streams and roadways look like without bush honeysuckle choking them?
Eric Bohle of Columbia, Missouri has photographed infested and restored sites around Missouri and in St. Louis. His photo to the left shows an area in Rock Bridge State Park that does not yet have a bush honeysuckle infestation.

Visit parks and natural areas where acreage cleared of bush honeysuckle is being restored with native plants after recent removal events! You’ll find ideas to replace the honeysuckle “privacy hedge” on your property with native bushes, trees and flowers. Two such areas to visit are the Forest Park – Kennedy Woods Savannah in the City of St. Louis and Emmenegger Nature Park in Kirkwood.


Honeysuckle Sweep Week Events: October 28–November 12, 2017

Please Note:

  • All events are volunteer honeysuckle removal unless otherwise noted.
  • Registration is often requested—check each description.
  • Please bring sturdy shoes, water bottle and gloves (if you have them).
  • Each organization will have additional information on hand to help ensure the safety of participants.

Honeysuckle Removal Events:

Volunteers pause in their honeysuckle clearing work

October 25–26
MICDS Sixth Grade Hack
Not a public event

October 28, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Forest River Trail Park (Sunset Hills)
Organized by the Open Space Council – Operation Wild Lands

October 28,  9 a.m.–noon
Forest Park (St. Louis)
Organized by Forest Park Forever

October 28, 8–11 a.m.
The National Museum of Transportation (Kirkwood)
For more information, email team.nature.ed@gmail.com

October 29, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
The First Ever Haunted Honeysuckle Hike on the Katy Trail (Trealor)
Organized by Katy Land Trust

November 3 & 4, 9 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit)
Organized by Missouri Botanical Garden/Shaw Nature Reserve
Registration for current MBG/SNR volunteers
Registration for new volunteers

November 4, 9 a.m.–noon
Blanchette Park (St. Charles)
For Boeing IP employees, families
Organized by GreenWay Network, EarthWays Center
Not a public event

November 4, 11 & 18, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Kirkwood Park (Kirkwood)
Organized by Kirkwood Parks Assistance Corps

November 5 & 12, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Emmenegger Nature Park (Kirkwood)
Organized by Kirkwood Parks Assistance Corps

November 11, 9 a.m.–noon
Route 66 Meramec River Bridge (Eureka)
Organized by by Missouri State Parks, Great Rivers Greenway, Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Company Foundation, St. Louis County Parks

November 11, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Creve Coeur Park
Organized by St. Louis Audubon
Download flyer
Event registration required; to register contact mitch@stlouisaudubon.org or (314) 599-7390.

November 17, 8 a.m.–noon
Curium company campus (Maryland Heights)
For Curium employees
Organized by EarthWays Center
Not a public event


Bush honeysuckle Invasive bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) degrades our neighborhoods, backyards, trails, woodlands, fields and stream banks into impenetrable thickets lacking ecological, economic or recreational value.

Learn more and find out how you can help:

Bush Honeysuckle History, Removal, Control, Alternatives and MORE:
Missouri Botanical Garden's
Homeowner Guide to Invasive
Bush Honeysuckle

Invasive Species General Information:
Missouri Botanical Garden's NEW
Invasive Species Information Pages

Get Involved in Citizen Science!
Science Teachers of Missouri
Bush Honeysuckle Project


2017 Sweep Weeks Recap

2017 Spring Sweep (March 4–19, 2017) by the Numbers:

 9 Locations


Hours of Clearing
Plants Removed
Square Feet Cleared
Three television spots, two print pieces, and one radio spot reported on the honeysuckle sweeps.
A Community Initiative to Promote, Protect and Plan for Biodiversity Throughout the Greater St. Louis Region

Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat sponsorship support by
the Trio Foundation of St. Louis.

Post Your Progress!

Share photos of your sweep on Instagram and tag them with #honeysucklesweep to show off your progress and inspire other gardeners!