Anne Raver, RIWPS Board Member with over 30 years of experience writing about landscapes and the environment, describes her experiences with her now three-year-old native garden.
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Thanks to membership dues and other donations the RIWPS Annual Grant Committee was able to award $4,000 in grants this year. The money will support a project to collect and document plants in Rhode Island and two public school projects to encourage budding young naturalists and botanists through onsite native plant gardens.
2018 – RIWPS grant awarded
- Tim Whitfeld – Brown University Herbarium – $2,000
- Project to begin systematic, town by town herbarium collecting effort across Rhode Island.
- Fran Topping – Charlestown Elementary School – $1,500
- The main portion would be obtaining native plants from RIWPS and local nurseries & through donations; preparing educational materials for teacher use in curriculum involving native plants, and signage to inform parents, teachers and children about the plants used. Improving the soil is also needed even though hardy natives are planned for, it is a very sandy area.
- Jane O’Connell – Gilbert Stuart Middle School – $500
- Project to to plant Rhody native pollinator perennials in our outdoor classroom on our campus.
With great pleasure, RIWPS announced the recipients of the Annual Volunteer Awards at the March 25 Annual Meeting which took place in the Pharmacy Building at the University of Rhode Island.
Are you interested in growing native plants in your garden? Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffee’s new book, Native Plants for New England Gardens, is reviewed by EcoRI News.
Rhode Island Wild Plant Society Press Release
RHODE ISLAND WILD PLANT SOCIETY OFFERING GRANT
Deadline February 28, 2018
The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society is offering a grant to aid individuals in the study of wild plants and their habitats. To qualify you must be an educator, a member of a Rhode Island botanical or environmental association or a student in a field related to botany or environmental studies.
The grant is for up to $2,000 and includes a one-year membership to RIWPS. The project goal must involve environmental activities or research in any area of study related to wild plants and/or their habitats. These activities may involve such things as installation of gardens, invasive removal, or support for extracurricular activities. The grant can also be used for project materials, to create workshops or courses with a community outreach component. The award is open to Rhode Island residents or non-residents at a Rhode Island educational institution.
For additional information, specific grant requirements, eligibility guidelines and applications, call the RI Wild Plant Society at (401) 789-7497 (voicemail) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download the information from the website, www.RIWPS.org. Click here
Applications must be received by February 28, 2018
Send to: RIWPS, P.O. Box 888, North Kingstown, RI 02852 Or
The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s native plants and their habitats.
Help us continue our work.
Read or listen to the WBUR News report on the efforts of New England Wildflower Society to conserve rare plants in New England.