Learning about plants at Blue Pond with Doug McGrady

What we do

Offer educational workshops and programs both in the classroom and in the field on native plants’ characteristics and their aesthetic and ecological value

Cultivate and make native plants available at our plant sales [Over 2,500 native plants were added to the landscape in 2015]

Offer walks in a variety of natural settings to enjoy, observe, and learn about native plants and invasives that challenge them

Publish WildfloraRI, a newsletter for members, which includes feature articles, cultivation notes, book reviews, and self-guided walking tours

Design and create an award-winning annual educational exhibit at the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show

Organize a biennial Native Plant Symposium on best stewardship practices

Partner with organizations to preserve and protect native plants

What you can do

In your daily life

  • Enjoy the great outdoors, and learn about the plants you see
  • Grow plants native to RI’s ecoregions as the centerpiece of your garden and to replace your non-native lawn
  • Minimize your use of fertilizers and pesticides, which pollute water and kill pollinators
  • Identify and control non-native invasive plants on your property

In your community

  • Urge your local garden centers to sell our ecoregion’s native plants grown from seed
  • Advocate for your schools, environmental centers, and scout troops to teach botany and ecology
  • Encourage local farms to use low-impact or organic methods, without the use of pesticides that harm pollinators
  • Talk with town officials about the value of using native plants in public projects
  • Get involved in your town’s planning process to advocate for ecologically sensitive development

At the state and national level

  • Advocate for funding for land protection, management, and restoration
  • Support strengthening laws that protect wetlands and other sensitive habitats from unwise development or use
  • Advocate for laws that protect endangered species
  • Support legislation to reduce greenhouse gases and pollutant emissions

Adapted from State of New England’s Native Plants, NEWFS, www.wildnewengland.org