Parc Ela neophytes day


Bergün Filisur / GR





Neophytes are plant species that were only introduced to a region after the discovery of America in 1492. Some of these are invasive species that can spread rapidly, displace native vegetation and endanger our health. Combatting invasive neophytes in protected landscapes is crucial for the preservation of biodiversity and the ecological balance.

In Parc Ela, the largest nature park in Switzerland, the spread of invasive species is limited to the valley floor, where further spread has been prevented thanks to rigorous control in recent years. Together, we will support local stakeholders and help combat invasive species along the two rivers Landwasser and Albula very close to the Landwasser Viaduct.

Current project status

Project progress

8 spacesare still free (out of a total of 12)

58 daysremaining until (registration deadline)


Friday, 14 June 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • Meeting point: Filisur station (paid parking available)
  • Work site: along the two rivers Landwasser and Albula

How it will work:

  • 9:00 a.m. Gather at the meeting point and move to the work site
  • 9:30 a.m. Introduction 
  • 10:00 a.m. Combatting neophytes in a protected landscape in the Albula valley
  • 12:00 noon Lunch in the field (own picnic)
  • 1:00 p.m. Continuation of work
  • 4:00 p.m. End of work and snack offered by the Parc Ela association
  • During the day, information will be provided on diverse environmental topics 


  • The volunteers are carefully instructed by experts and supervised on site throughout the entire assignment.
  • The introduction to the work will take place on the day.
  • No preparation is needed.


  • Interesting information about the purpose of the work and various environmental topics will be provided.
  • You will be supported by two Parc Ela employees.


  • Manually combatting invasive neophytes. 
  • Cutting back, digging back or pulling out the plants, depending on the species.

What you’ll need:

  • You enjoy working outdoors.
  • You’re physically fit for a day of field work.
  • You are surefooted in areas without paths.
  • You can understand or be understood in German, Romansh or English.


  • Hiking shoes 
  • Weather-appropriate clothing that can get dirty (long trousers and long-sleeved top recommended)
  • Sun / rain protection
  • Rucksack including picnic lunch
  • Work gloves (if you have them)
  • Possible change of clothes and shoes







Meeting point

Bahnhof Filisur


7477 Bergün Filisur / GR



09:00 - 17:00 o'clock

Project language

German, English

To registration

Our project partner:
Nature park association Parc Ela

Parc Ela is located in the heart of Graubünden and unites three language cultures: Romansh, German and Italian. With steep mountain peaks and vast landscapes, the park still feels like a genuine wilderness. In the valleys, historic villages and Baroque churches remind us of the former importance of the trade routes over the Albula, Julier and Septimer Alpine passes. The park communities have joined forces to advance sustainable economic and social development. They work to preserve precious natural and cultural resources, strengthen the local economy and promote tourism close to nature.