For Individual Volunteers, NOT Groups

Improve trails and increase biodiversity in Iroquois Woods on Boston's Mission Hill

Six gloved PMD volunteers cut and clear tangled brush from a trail in Iroquois Woods on Boston's Mission Hill on 10/2/2021


  • Saturday 9/30/2023, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Rain Date: 9/30/2023 , Shift from morning to afternoon, 1:30-4:30pm
    Sign up for both or either primary (9:30am-12:30pm) and/or rain postponement (1:30-4:30pm) shifts
  • Sign up by 9/23/2023
    ~7 volunteers are still needed.



Clear brush and invasive plants in Iroquois Woods on Boston's Mission Hill to increase safety and biodiversity.

Learn how to identify invasive and native plant species from an expert.

Practice using PMD's sharpened hand tools safely and effectively.

Enjoy short trails under the peaceful tree canopy.

Participation is required for the entire project time span, with water and rest breaks.


Iroquois Woods, Boston's Mission Hill Near Fenwood Rd. stop of "E" Green Line or #39

Note: PMD only shares specific directions, maps, and other details with registered volunteers since we cannot accommodate any walk-ins, i.e., unregistered volunteers simply showing up.


The Iroquois Street Woods is an area of undeveloped land that has been protected by a 40-yr. conservation easement.

Join the Mission Hill Green community of dedicated neighbors to restore, maintain, protect, and advocate for natural areas on Boston's Mission Hill.
Neighbors will provide off-street parking to volunteers who request when signing up in advance with PMD.

During the past 22 years, PMD volunteers have helped neighbors reforest a large part of this land by planting native tree and shrub species that grow well on the steep embankment, building and maintaining trails, collecting trash and broken glass, and removing invasive plant species.



Sign up by 9/23 at

Individuals may only sign up themselves (and may not reserve spaces for others).

Incomplete submissions cannot be honored.

Call PMD if you cannot sign up using our form.
If you experience any difficult registering online to volunteer with PMD, please immediately CALL THE PMD OFFICE at (*82) 1-781-963-0373 so that we can help you AND troubleshoot the problem so that other potential volunteers will not face the same problem. Thanks!
After you successfully complete PMD's online registration, you will immediately see a confirmation screen AND receive a confirmation email message. Then a few days before this project, PMD will email specific details as PDFs, including directions to the project site (by public transportation and by car*), what to expect, a checklist on how to prepare, and both health and waiver forms for minors, since a parent/guardian must co-sign and submit hardcopies (Adult volunteers provide their full consents online, so require no hardcopies).

*On-street parking is only for cars with current Mission Hill resident parking permits. Neighbors provide off-street parking in their driveways for volunteers who request parking when registering.



This project is great for folks who don't want to travel far to commune with nature AND/OR who want to work with dedicated neighbors who really care.

Volunteers age 12+ welcome.

Since volunteers will be working/traversing steep slopes/trails, they must bring their own drinking water AND we require closed-toe shoes, ideally that provide ankle support.

Volunteers must wear work gloves. PMD will provide leather work gloves, or volunteers can bring and use their own.

Like all PMD projects, this project requires being in excellent health (and living with others who are also) and participation for the entire project, plus hiking trails in steep areas, repetitive hand/arm motions, and good fine motor skills and depth perception.

Youth ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18+) who separately registers with PMD by the deadline AND fully participates.



"The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it; and thus, through the influence of the mind over the body gives the effect of refreshing rest and reinvigoration to the whole system."
-Frederick Law Olmsted

"Trails are integral to our lives, and lifelong enjoyment of nature depends on the collective efforts of all citizens in a community."
-American Hiking Society

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