Pines and Prairies Chapter

Programs and Opportunities

Member Initiatives

Fall Obedient Plant at Camp Strake Gardens

Camp Strake Pollinator Garden

During the summer of 2022, three native pollinator gardens were installed at Camp Strake. Over 65 native plants were planted in a sunny garden, shady garden, and bog garden. The garden was

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Sam Houston Elementary Pollinator Garden

This garden is a joint project by Pines and Prairies Chapter, NPSOT; Heartwood Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist); and Coushatti Trace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Carolyn Worsham, a member of

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Demonstration Gardens

Volunteer Opportunities

Work and Learn at Lone Star Native Nursery – Thursdays from 9a-12p (through the end of May)

Work and Learn at W. G. Jones State Forest – Sundays from 9-11a

Spring Creek Nature Center – weed and water the pollinator garden at your convenience

Lake Creek Preserve – weed and water the pollinator garden at your convenience

Native Landscape Certification Program

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

Each class consists of an indoor training session and a plant identification session. Plants native to the local ecoregion are highlighted, and their use in the landscape is demonstrated.

Forty-five native Texas plants are recommended in each level, and five non-native plants to avoid are introduced.

Goals of the NLCP classes:

  • educate NPSOT members and the general public about the value of natives,
  • demonstrate how to use native plants in home, public and commercial landscapes and habitat restorations, and
  • 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 (under development) – Class & Plant Walk Visit

Public Garden Grant Proposals

Grants are available for public gardens in the counties served by Pines and Prairies – Grimes, Montgomery, and Walker.

To apply for a grant, please download and complete this form and email it to

NOTE: If the form doesn’t download using your browser of choice, contact Carolyn Worsham.