‘Hometown Habitat-Stories of Bringing Nature Home” Movie


This Wednesday, October 26th
6:30-8pm at Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs


Like the link? Want to see the whole movie? Get engaged with nature! Join us on October 26th at Morningside Ministries to see how you can restore our wonderful native habitat.

Native Plant Society of Texas- Boerne Chapter and Morningside Ministries
Hometown Habitat is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Entomologist Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures, on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss provides the narrative thread throughout Hometown Habitat. The message: “We can change the notion that humans are here and nature is some place else. It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Each individual has the power to conserve resources, restore habitat for wildlife and bring beauty to their patch of earth.
Advance Registration Required Registration & Information: npsotboerne@gmail.com
Cost: None

NPSOT – Boerne to host NLCP Level 1 – Introduction to Native Landscapes

The Native Plant Society of Texas created the Native Landscape Certification Program in order to encourage a migration of Texans back to nature that will reap priceless benefits for our families, environment, and economy.
The Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) is a series of day-long classes that teaches best practices for native plant landscaping – including wildlife habitat gardening. Each class consists of an indoor training session and a 2-hour outdoor plant walk. We show you native plants in their natural habitat, illustrating their use in the landscape. You will also see common invasive plants in natural areas. In each level you are presented 45 native Texas plants recommended for your landscape and 5 invasive plants to avoid.
Targeted audiences include homeowners, native plant enthusiasts, landscape architects, architects, landscape designers, plant nursery employees, maintenance workers, park employees, Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, teachers, and more.
The Boerne Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will be hosting the Level 1 “Introduction to Native Landscapes” class on September 24, 2016. Details can be found here.

Youth Native Plant Workshops Planned

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Five workshops are scheduled to assist students in identification and photographing of native plants.   Following a short educational program we will take a hike and identify plants in their natural settings.  Don’t forget your camera. We recommend closed toe shoes, hat and sunscreen.


March 26, 2016  10am to 2pm, Cibolo Nature Center Spring Festival @ Herff Farm – Ages 6 to 18
April 12, 2016  1:30pm to 2:30pm, Cibolo Nature Center Pavilion, Home School Students – Ages 6 to 18
April 18, 2016  3pm Patrick Heath Public Library – Grades 4th & 5th
April 20, 2016  3pm Patrick Heath Public Library – Grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd
May 7, 2016  10am to 2pm, Cibolo Nature Center Art in the Park – Ages 6 to 18

2016 Youth Photo Contest

MH2cGuidelines can be reviewed here.
We are going DIGITAL for our 2016 Texas Native Plant Youth Photo Contest.
The contest is now open for entry! The contest was first launched last year, as a way to challenge amateur photographers of all skill levels to use their cameras as a tool to learn more about native plants and pollinators of the Texas Hill Country.
The contest is sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Texas Boerne Chapter, Cibolo Nature Center & Farm and Patrick Heath Public Library.
There will be scheduled workshops to help students with plant identification and nature photography. Native plant guides and photography assistants will be available at the workshops to provide assistance to the students.
Workshop participation is not required to enter the contest.

NICE! for 2016 is finally up!

NICE 2016 8.5x11


The selections have been made and care instructions for January and February picks are available!
Head on over to our NICE! Plant of the Month page to check them out! Plus, keep an eye on the Boerne Star Native Grown column for an upcoming feature on Carolina jessamine and Spiny hackberry!