Native Plant Society of Texas, Trinity Forks Chapter
Matching Funds Available
To promote the conservation, research and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of North Central Texas, through education, outreach and example.
Funding for the North Central Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition. Art is made by over 1000 fourth grade students. The art exhibition offers students an opportunity to learn about their natural world through art. The artwork is judged, ribbons are awarded and then continuously displayed at public sites from November through April. Display locations include the Denton Senior Center, the Blagg-Huey Library at Texas Woman's University, the Elm Fork Education Center at the University of North Texas, Denton's three public libraries, and the Redbud Festival. An Appreciation Reception is held to recognize the students and their art teachers and to thank the display site hosts.
Funding to provide plants for pollinator gardens in public spaces, including schools and parks. Native pollinators-bees, butterflies, moths, bats and birds-play a critical role in sustaining ecosystems and provide essential services to American agriculture (estimated at as much as $9 billion annually). Yet pollinators are in trouble. More than 50 native bees are in documented decline, with 9 critically imperiled. Another iconic North American pollinator-the monarch butterfly-is in severe decline, down from a billion monarchs 20 years ago to 35 million today. Our work to install plants necessary for the various species in this area helps to combat this decline.
Funding to support the NICE! Nursery project. NICE! Stands for Natives Instead of Common Exotics! The purpose of NICE! is to promote the use of native plants by raising awareness and educating the public about the benefits of growing native plants. Trinity Forks Chapter has chosen to feature a local plant each season . An information sheet on these plants is developed, printed and laminated for display with nursery stock. Nurseries also receive a metal sign showing their participation in the program and a binder with information on all previous NICE! Selections and take-home information to provide their customers.
The Shirley Lusk Challenge Match - established by Marshall & Fonda Fox will match all contributions of $25 or more to a maximum of $500.
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