From Landscape to Wildscape: Gardening for Wildlife at Home

Presentation Details

The average neighborhood yard may look pretty, but doesn’t support the wide range of wildlife that is crucial to a healthy environment and community. The good news is that yards can be both beautiful and beneficial by incorporating the native plants that support our local wildlife! In this presentation, Lauren Simpson shares handy tips on how to create a wildscape at your own home, for the enjoyment of your family and the benefit of your community and the environment. Come join us to learn how to transform your own yard into a beautiful, native-plant paradise, one that supports wildlife and pleases neighbors!

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Ecoregions Covered:
Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Texas Blackland Prairies

Presenter Information

  • Lauren Simpson

    Since early 2015, Lauren Simpson has spent her spare time transforming her Houston home gardens into a pollinator-friendly habitat, currently a Certified Wildlife Habitat (National Wildlife Federation), a Monarch Waystation (Monarch Watch, Waystation No. 10925), and a Certified Butterfly Garden (North American Butterfly Association).

    She promotes insect conservation and wildscaping through presentations, events, interviews, a website, and an educational Facebook community entitled St. Julian’s Crossing-wildlife habitat–the name adopted for her family’s Monarch Waystation. Ms. Simpson is a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas (Houston Chapter) and the North American Butterfly Association (Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas Chapter).

    She has also received Level 1 and Level 2 certifications through the NPSOT Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP), has attended the “Monarch Conservation Workshop: Train the Trainer” training, and serves on the NPSOT subcommittee for NLCP Level 4. Ms. Simpson is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where she teaches Lawyering Skills and Strategies. She is a spring 2016 recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award (Instructor/Clinical category); one of three 2018 AALS Teachers of the Year selected by the Law Center; and the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 Student Bar Association Professor of the Year for Law Center faculty teaching in the part-time program.