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New Braunfels Chapter

What We Do – New Braunfels

We love to learn about native plants and their benefits.  We share our passion for and knowledge of native plants with our community via meetings, classes, community gardens, and biannual native plant sales.

Monthly Meetings with Guest Speakers

We meet on the 4th Monday of each month, except July & December. Meetings are free and open to the public.  Guest speakers, experts in their fields, share their knowledge of a wide range of topics related to Texas native plants — what to plant, wildlife, pollinators, the environment and everything in between. (Please let us know if you have an idea for speaker.)

You will find details of the upcoming speaker on the New Braunfels page.  See News for details of the upcoming meetings.

Field Trips

Field trips are a great way to learn about local resources and plants, while getting to know other members.  Our chapter takes awesome field trips around New Braunfels, the Hill Country and beyond. Trips are planned and led by a chapter committee. Join them to help plan the fun!

Have an idea for somewhere to visit? The committee is always looking for location ideas and volunteers to lead attendees on fun and educational outings. Contact us with your idea.

Native Plant Sales

Our chapter sells native Texas plants to raise chapter funds and to advocate for and educate the public about native plants. Our sales are held twice per year, in the spring and in the fall, at locations in New Braunfels.

We announce sale dates on our New Braunfels page. As we get close to the day, check the calendar for updates and anticipated inventory.  

Training

As a chapter, we hosted a seed workshop at the Comal Headwaters.
Twice a year we offer the Natives 101 class with the Comal Headwaters.

 

Native Landscape Certification Program

NLCP workshops are held at locations across Texas throughout the year. Each workshop combines classroom instruction with outside fieldwork providing instruction in native plant identification (trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses) and their use in the landscape. We also identify common invasive exotics and appropriate native plant alternatives.

students in Wilco NLCP class

Get Involved!

There are many ways you can get together with NPSOT-New Braunfels chapter members to learn about native plants, advocate for native plants, and share your knowledge and interests with other members and the public. 

Volunteers can often earn volunteer hour credits for other organizations. Contact your organization to see if your NPSOT project qualifies.

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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason