Trees & Plants
Courtesy of Earth Native Wilderness School
6200 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78723
Caroline Caswell (512) 926-4900
Purpose: The American Botanical Council (ABC) uses science-based and traditional information to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine by educating consumers, healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, industry, and the media.
Projects/Activities: In addition to its Web site with 10 searchable databases and multiple publications, ABC runs the following programs:
1) The Sustainable Herbs Program (sustainableherbsprogram.org) focused on addressing climate change and other challenges to the herb supply chain;
2) ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (botanicaladulterants.org), which provides educational resources to detect and prevent adulteration in the herbal supply chain;
3) HerbDay in spring at ABC, with lectures, herb walks, a plant sale, activities for kids, and more.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering in ABC’s 2.5-acre herbal demonstration garden, and internship programs for pharmacy and dietetic students.
Newsletters/Publications: HerbalGram, a peer-reviewed quarterly journal; HerbClip, summaries and reviews of recently published herbal literature; HerbalEGram, monthly newsletter; Herbal News & Events, weekly update; and the Botanical Monitor, a quarterly newsletter addressing botanical adulteration issues.
Dues: Individuals – $50-$150/year; Discounts available for seniors/students. Companies can also become members.
Native Plant Society of Texas Austin Chapter
P.O. Box 3017
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
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 sponsors NPSOT Native Landscape Certificate Program classes.
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
Kirsti Harms (512) 392-2288
Purpose: The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a nonprofit membership organization and accredited land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. NPAT protects more than 4,000 acres of native Texas prairie, including over 100 acres of endangered/threatened tallgrass prairie.
Projects/Activities: Maddin Prairie Preserve (1,114 acres; Mitchell County); Lawther – Deer Park Prairie (51 acres; Harris County).
Meetings: Central Texas chapter has regular meetings, field trips, monthly workdays, and volunteer opportunities; see Web site for more information.
Newsletters/Publications: Print newsletter published 2 times/year; included with membership, monthly e-mail newsletter.
Dues: Vary from $35-$1,500 depending on level; visit Web site to join or donate.
P.O. Box 49268
Austin, TX 78765
Marshall Huggins (512) 420-0101
Purpose: Rainforest Partnership conserves and restores tropical rainforests by working with communities to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.
Projects/Activities: We partner with local and indigenous communities in the Amazon, creating sustainable economies and conservation areas that enable them to protect their rainforest. Together, we develop products and services that are unique to their rainforest and tailored to their needs and culture. Artisanal products and ecotourism, butterflies and bees, coffee and cacao, natural medicine, protected areas — whatever the project, we deliver the same result: self-sufficient communities with an incentive to keep trees standing. In addition to our projects in Peru and Ecuador, we deploy creative initiatives that educate and inspire the world to take action for rainforests, including: 1) our “Films for the Forest” film competition, with a community screening at SXSW; 2) “World Rainforest Day” on June 22nd; 3) augmented reality project “Rainforest Listening;” and 4) educational initiatives in Texas and South America.
Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunities are posted on our Web site and at volunteermatch.org. They include marketing, graphic design, video editing, events, fundraising, data management, project support, office management, and more. Students can receive internship credits.
Newsletters/Publications: Newsletter, blogs, annual reports, project reports.
P.O. Box 1395
Del Valle, TX 78617
Purpose: Our purpose is to build community through planting trees. Since 1989, TreeFolks volunteers and staff have planted over 2.8 million trees in Central Texas at schools, parks, in medians, right of ways, community gardens, and greenbelts. We’ve developed a program that is the first of its kind in the nation that focuses on reforesting the Blackland Prairies while combating climate change through creating Carbon Credits.
Projects/Activities: Public tree plantings and riparian plantings; NeighborWoods tree adoptions; Travis County Reforestation, education opportunities (Urban Forest Stewards Course, 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 Web site.
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 (not to mention life on earth). UWP is dedicated to exploring and documenting 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 encyclopedic publication of uses of 4,000 native plants (foods, pharmaceuticals, fibers, glues, dyes, oils, etc.). Call for information about classes and other activities.
Meetings: Get-togethers and events throughout the year for members and volunteers.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to keep research files updated, staff event booths, help produce the newsletter, publicity, fundraising, membership database, and work on the encyclopedia. Student interns welcome; college credit available for some Independent Studies positions.
Newsletters/Publications: The quarterly Useful Wild Plants newsletter covers project news, uses of plants, people who make their living working with plants, and volunteer and member activities. The first four volumes (covering the genera from Abronia through Convolvulus) of encyclopedic Useful Wild Plants of Texas, the Southeastern and Southwestern United States, the Southern Plains, and Northern Mexico are available.
Dues: $25/Individual; $50/Family; $100/Sustaining.
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