UNION COUNTY, NJ - Students from Kean University’s Center for Leadership & Service have been among our most active Adopt-a-Park volunteers. This month they pitched in again with a shoreline cleanup at Echo Lake in Mountainside, where they pulled out invasive plants like mugwort, porcelain berry vine and knotweed.

Aggressive species crowd out wildflowers and other valuable plants in County parks, and these young people have been a big help in keeping them under control.

You can join the effort as an individual or with a school, business or civic group by contacting Adopt-a-Park in the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, 908-789-3683 or email bkelly@ucnj.org. (photo credit: Betty Ann Kelly/County of Union)