North Central Chapter

Programs — NLCP

Native Landscape Certification Program

Our Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) is a series of 1 day or 2 day-long classes highlighting best practices for native plant landscaping, including wildlife habitat gardening.

Each class consists of an indoor training session (possibly on Zoom) and an outdoor plant identification session or field trip.

Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2 and 3. Level 1 is not required for Level 4 which can be taken as a standalone class. Levels 2, 3, 4 may be taken in any order.

In Levels 1 through 3 you are presented with 45 native Texas plants recommended for your area, and 5 non-native plants to avoid. Level 4 concentrates on the value and practice of land stewardship from urban neighborhoods to large-scale natural areas.

Goals of the NLCP classes are to (a) educate NPSOT members and the general public about the value of natives, (b) how to use native plants in home, public and commercial landscapes and habitat restorations, and to (c) provide native landscape education, CEUs, and credentials to landscape professionals, developers, and nature-oriented groups.

  • Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 2: Design and Development with Native Plants – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 3: Installing and Maintaining Native Landscapes – Class & Plant Walk
  • Level 4: Stewardship of Native Plant Communities  – Class & Field Trip