Celebrate Native Plant Week October 19-25By Cindy Stone on October 6, 2014
It is time to make plans to promote Texas Native Plant Week in your community October 19-25.
Celebrating Native Plant Week makes a direct connection from our chapters and into our communities. Chapter assistance is vital to continued recognition of the importance of native plants in the landscape. We can work together as team members on this important legacy.
Texas Native Plant Week 2014 is led by the Native Plant Society of Texas, in collaboration with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, the National Wildlife Federation and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Our collective efforts continue to advocate and educate citizens on the importance and use of native plants in our landscapes.
You can find events celebrating Texas native plants and habitats throughout the month of October at the Regional Events map on the Texas Native Plant Week website.
Want to celebrate Native Plant Week with a new activity? Here are a few suggestions that your chapter might host:
- Donate adult and children’s books to a community library with native plant and wildlife habitats topics.
- Support a display at a community library promoting Texas Native Plant Week.
- Interview with a television station newscast, radio host or garden show promoting the use of native plants and wildlife habitats.
- Write an article for a newspaper or newsletter promoting the importance of native plants and wildlife habitats.
- Give a nature walk explaining the relationship between native plants and habitats.
- Give a demonstration on collecting native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflower seeds.
- Sponsor a native plant sale with educational information to the public.
- Encourage a local nursery to promote native plants and have informational booths promoting native plants and wildlife habitats.
- Hold a native plants and habitats photography contest in your community and display the photography in a public place.
- Encourage children to draw native plants and habitats and display their work in public places.
- Promote activities such as making seed balls, native seed starters and wildflower bingo. Have fun and be creative!
- Encourage community members to certify their landscapes with Texas Parks and Wildlife Best of Texas Backyard Habitats program, your schools to certify as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat and community members to certify as a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat.
- Contact organizations such as Texas Master Naturalist and Texas Master Gardener associations to support the promotion of Texas Native Plant Week.
- Contact: county AgriLife Extension agents; Future Farmers of America; Boy Scouts and/or Girl Scouts; 4 H Youth Development Programs; local beekeepers; environmental education and conservation groups to engage their support and participation.
- Promote education programs such as Monarch Watch. This program encourages planting native milkweeds.
Do you have an activity promoting Native Plant Week that you would like to share? Submit your activities to Native Plant Week co-chair Cindy Stone by email. Cindy will be more than happy to post your idea on the program website.