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Nov
4
Sat
2017
Native Plant Society of Texas’ Native Landscape Certification Program – Level 3 @ Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
Nov 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) is a four-level certification program developed by the Native Plant Society of Texas that teaches the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes.

Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes
Level 2: Design and Development with Native Plants
Level 3: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes
Level 4: Advocating for Our Native Plant Community (to be developed)

Participants must complete Level 1 before attending any other level. Levels 2, 3, and 4 may be taken in any order.

Level 3: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes

The course includes a classroom session and a 2-hour outdoor plant knowledge walk.

  • Visualize the differences between native and non-native landscapes.
  • Comprehend how to install native plants into a landscape, including plant choice, purchase, placement, spacing; bed and soil preparation; how to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and seeds; what soils to use; mulching techniques.
  • Understand maintenance requirements, techniques, and maintenance schedules for native: trees, shrubs, palms, yuccas, perennials, grasses, and groundcovers.
  • Become familiar with 45 native Texas plants recommended for your landscape and 5 plants to avoid.

The Native Plant Society (NPSOT) offers two levels of certificates:

  • Completion – attend the full day.
  • Competency – attend the full day and pass a test at the end of the class.

Students graduating with either certificate may progress to another class level.

DIRECTIONS: USE 20303 DRAPER ROAD entrance for a shorter walk to the Nature Center (¼ miles from the parking lot). It is a 1.5-mile walk to the Nature Center if you park at 20605 FM 2920 (Waller-Tomball Rd.) entrance.

DISCOUNT: Levels 2, 3, and 4 (to be developed) are $37 for Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) members and $52 for all others.
Become a NPSOT individual member for only $35: http://npsot.org/wp/join-renew/.

IMPORTANT: Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather and walking outside for 2 hours. You may also need a bottle of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a chair cushion.

For more information (e.g. Tentative Agenda): visit 123Signup – NLCP Level 3, Greater Houston Area.

Nov
11
Sat
2017
The Swamp Thing Gala – Bayou Land Conservancy Benefit @ Southwestern Energy Headquarters
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come join Bayou Land Conservancy on November 11, 2017, as they celebrate another successful year of conserving land along our bayous, creeks and streams at their “Swamp Thing Gala.” You might even learn some fun facts about wetlands and all the critters and plants that live there. Share a night of inspiration with co-workers, clients, friends and nature lovers. Who knows, you could catch a glimpse of the mysterious “swamp thing”! The event will be held at the beautiful Southwestern Energy Headquarters, a 26-acre property located adjacent to the Spring Creek Greenway just off I-45. The grounds are planted with native plants and grasses that are irrigated with water from the nearby retention ponds. The sites serves as an excellent example of environmentally friendly actions that we can all employ. Tickets and sponsorships are on sale and can be purchased online at bayoulandconservancy.secure.force.com.