Projects and Volunteer Activities

Current Projects

Chapter Album

The chapter album contains photos and information from past chapter field trips and events.

Brodie Wild

The Austin chapter, working with the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Department, is working on a project at Brodie Wild, a water quality protection property at the corner of Slaughter Lane and Brodie Lane.

Plant Lists

The Austin and Williamson County chapters are creating a reference of plant lists and databases for areas in and around central Texas.

Travis County Flora

Bill Carr, local botanist, has authored an annotated checklist of Travis County plants.  The Austin chapter of NPSOT has begun a project, led by David Mahler, to work will Bill Carr and make the data available online.

Zilker Demonstration Garden

The chapter has designed and is maintaining a native plant demonstration garden at Zilker Botanical Garden.  Volunteers are needed for ongoing work and maintenance.


The chapter does restoration work at a variety of local parks and preserves, including Granger Lake Seed Bank, Indiangrass Preserve, Barton Creek Habitat Preserve, and Great Hills Park. If you would like to volunteer, contact the volunteer coordinator.

NPSOT booth at the Wildflower Center Plant Sales

The chapter sells plants at the plant sales to raise funds, and to also advocate and educate about native plants. Contact the chapter president if you would like to volunteer.

Other Activities

Seed collecting

Members frequently organize seed collecting trips around Austin.  Contact the chapter seed collecting contact for more information.

Rescue sites

The chapter frequently searches for and obtains permission to salvage plants from sites threatened by imminent construction.  Rescued plants are used for projects, plant sales, and by members for personal use.  Contact the chapter rescue site contact for more information.

Past Projects

Grow Native Plants! Radio Announcements

The Austin and Williamson County chapters sponsored local radio announcements advocating native plants.

McKinney Roughs Preserve project

McKinney Roughs is an LCRA managed 1000 acre preserve in Bastrop County. The Austin Chapter of NPSOT has been working with LCRA on plant rescues, plant identification, and preserve photography.