TREES & PLANTS
Tree planting and wildland preservation are essential strategies to prevent more global warming. Urban trees reduce heat island effect in cities, and lower air conditioning use. Preserving forests and prairies allows carbon to be removed from the atmosphere.
Native Plant Society of Texas Austin Chapter
P.O. Box 3017
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Samantha Alcozer (512) 391-5739
Purpose: The Native Plant Society of Texas exists to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach, and example. The Austin Chapter is part of a network of native plant groups located throughout Texas.
Projects/Activities: Monthly meetings feature guest speakers and presentations. Members collect and exchange seeds, sell native plants, conduct plant surveys on private and public lands, rescue plants from development areas, work with nurseries to encourage native plant use, and maintain the water quality protection area at Brodie Wild.
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month except April, July, and October at 7 PM in the administration building of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2531 Exposition Blvd., 2nd floor, at the SE corner of Greenlee and Exposition in Tarrytown. Arrive at 6:30 for snacks and seed exchange.
Volunteer Opportunities: Public education and outreach, plant sales at the LBJ Wildflower Center, nursery and garden center consultations, assistance with creating native gardens on schoolyards and other public grounds, educational talks and walks with people of all ages.
Newsletters/Publications: State newsletter, bimonthly with membership. Check the Chapter Web site to subscribe to the mailing list for announcements.
Dues: $35/Individuals; $25/Student/Limited Income; $50/Families.
Native Prairies Association of Texas
415 N. Guadalupe St., PMB 385
San Marcos, TX 78666
Contact: (512) 772-4741
Purpose: The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. NPAT protects 3,927 acres of native Texas prairie, including over 100 acres of endangered/threatened tallgrass prairie.
Projects/Activities: Maddin Prairie Preserve (1114 ac., Mitchell County); Lawther – Deer Park Prairie (51 ac.; Harris County).
Meetings: Austin chapter has regular meetings, field trips, and volunteer opportunities; see Web site for more information.
Newsletters/Publications: Newsletter published 3 times/year; included with membership
Dues: Vary from $50-$1,500 depending on level; visit Web site to join or donate.
P.O. Box 49268
Austin, TX 78765
Contact (512) 420-0101
Purpose: We protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.
Projects/Activities: We partner with rainforest communities to develop and market products and services that are unique to their rainforests, thereby providing them an ongoing financial stake in protecting their forests. This collaboration develops projects that meet each community’s needs, tailored to their resources and capabilities. We have multiple projects ongoing in Ecuador and Peru that include handicrafts, ecotourism, and traditional medicine. We deploy creative initiatives, preserve, highlight, and share our mission with others, motivating them to act on behalf of tropical rainforests, including: “Films for the Forest” film festival, with community screening at SXSW; augmented reality project “Rainforest Listening;” and education projects.
Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunities are posted at www.volunteermatch.org. Students can receive credits.
Newsletters/Publications: Newsletter, annual reports, project reports.
P.O. Box 1395
Del Valle, TX 78617
Thais Perkins (512) 443-5323
Purpose: Our purpose is to build community through planting trees. Since 1989, TreeFolks volunteers and staff have planted over 2 million trees in Central Texas at schools, parks, in medians, right of ways, community gardens, and greenbelts. During the most recent planting season we engaged over 1,500 volunteers and planted over 434,000 trees. We provide comprehensive reforestation services to property owners in Bastrop County and along the Blanco River in Hays County who lost trees from, respectively, the 2011 Labor Day Wildfires and the 2015 Memorial Day Floods.
Projects/Activities: Public tree plantings and riparian plantings; NeighborWoods tree giveaways; Bastrop County Community Reforestation; Blanco River reforestation; education opportunities (sapling giveaway events, tree mapping, tree identification walks).
Volunteer Opportunities: Tree planting (planting season is from October through March), tree maintenance, education, marketing, and fundraising. Opportunities for student interns. See more at treefolks.org/volunteer-opportunities.
Newsletters/Publications: e-mail newsletter – Looking Up!
Useful Wild Plants of Texas
4700 Loyola Lane, #104
Austin, TX 78723
Lynn Marshall (512) 928-4441
Purpose: Plants are the basis of civilization. We are dedicated to the exploration and documentation of the native plants of Texas and surrounding regions as the foods, medicines, and resources of the past, present, and future.
Projects/Activities: UWP is putting together a database and encyclopedia of uses of 4,000 native plants (foods, pharmaceuticals, fibers, glues, dyes, oils, etc.). Call for information about classes and other activities.
Meetings: No set dates. We have get-togethers and events throughout the year for members and volunteers.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to keep research files, staff booths at events, help produce the newsletter, accounting, publicity, fundraising, and general office work. Volunteers are also needed to help with the database and encyclopedia. Student interns welcome; credit available for some Independent Studies positions.
Newsletters/Publications: Useful Wild Plants newsletter, quarterly. It covers project news, past uses of plants, people who make their living working with plants, and volunteer and member activities. We have also printed four volumes of The Encyclopedia of the Useful Wild Plants of Texas, the Southeastern and Southwestern United States, and Northern Mexico. Volume 4 was released in 2015.
Dues: $25/Individual; $50/Family; $100/Sustaining.
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