Thoreau is a Herbicide-Free School

  • What does that mean?  The Thoreau campus is kept weed-free via a natural treatment plan.  This means the playing areas of our campus are kept free of potentially dangerous herbicide chemicals.
  • How does the program work?  Volunteers weed, spread mulch and plant on the grounds.  Families can either adopt a patch of the grounds and maintain it through-out the year, or help out on designated work party days.
  • When are work parties scheduled? Dates and times for parties will be posted on this page, in Frog News and via Thoreau PTA Facebook Posts.
  • What could volunteers bring?  We have some gloves, tools, and buckets to borrow, but if you have any favorite tools, feel free to bring them.  Snacks and water are also provided.  The following are always welcome to move mulch around.
    • Wheelbarrows
    • Flat shovels
  • Can the kids help?  Yes!  Bring the kids to help weed or pick up litter on school grounds.
  • Is their childcare provided? Childcare will not be provided for these events.
  • Is there access to restrooms? Access to restrooms during work parties are not guaranteed. Occasionally the restrooms located in Big Finn Hill park are open and available for volunteer use.
  • What if I can't make the work parties?  If you can't attend but would still like to help, please consider adopting a small plot to maintain on your own time.
  • Are work parties canceled if it is raining?  Work parties will be held rain or shine!

Upcoming Events

  •  Sunday, November 24th (the weekend before Thanksgiving)
  •  Sunday, March 15th 
  • TBA


  • Questions? Comments?  Contact our Herbicide-Free Chair
  • Interested in chairing this committee?  We need an outdoor-loving, mulch-hauling or delegating, volunteer-organizing, social-media-savvy person to plan two or three events a year.  Contact the current Herbicide-Free Chair or PTA President for more information.