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.

Work to increase the number of native plants in private and public spaces including making native plants available at our plant sales.

Cultivate native plant from seeds and cuttings.

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.

Provide information and resources targeted to make us better stewards of our personal and shared landscapes, both on our website and via our monthly newsletter.

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 with native perennial ground covers
  • Minimize your use of fertilizers and pesticides, which pollute water and kill pollinators
  • Use leaf mulch rather than commercial mulch which contain dyes and chemicals that kill native insects
  • 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 and along roadsides
  • 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, Native Plant Trust.