Calendar of Events: Native Landscape Certification Level 1 Class

Event Date: Mar 24, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) is a four level certification program developed by the Native Plant Society of Texas that teaches the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes.

Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes
Level 2: Design and Development with Native Plants
Level 3: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes
Level 4: Advocating for Our Native Plant Community (to be developed)

Participants must complete Level 1 before attending any other level. Levels 2, 3, and 4 may be taken in any order.


Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes

- Learn the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes.
- Discover the differences between sustainable and conventional development.
- Understand your Texas vegetation region and soil.
- Become familiar with 45 native Texas plants recommended for your landscape and 5 plants to avoid.

The course includes a classroom session and a 2 hour outdoor plant knowledge walk.

The Native Plant Society (NPSOT) offers two levels of certificates:
Completion - attend the full day.
Competency - attend the full day and pass a test at the end of the class. (Please let us know if you will need a translator during the test - Spanish only available.)

Students graduating with either certificate may progress to another class level.


Kathy Ward - A native Texan, Kathy Ward moved to Boerne 20 years ago. She is the current president of the NPSOT Boerne Chapter of which she is one of the founding members. Before that she was a member of the Fredericksburg Chapter for a few years. She was also State Vice-President of Education for 2 years. Currently she is past-president of the Hill Country Master Naturalist chapter and co-director of Cibolo Nature Center Nature Boxes, an outreach that makes presentations to the local elementary schools. At the Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area, not yet open to the public, she is the volunteer geology team leader. Her 3 degrees are in geology, ecology, and science curriculum and instruction.


Brenda Fest grew up in San Antonio, moved to Austin, and earned her degree in Botany as well as her master's and Ph.D. in Science Education at the University of Texas, Austin. She married her high school sweetheart, taught science at various high schools in Texas, and was a learning science specialist at the UT Learning Center for ten years. Gary and Brenda moved to Pipe Creek in 2003 and Brenda taught biology and aquatic science at Clark High school in San Antonio until she retired in 2014. She has always enjoyed gardening with native plants that attract butterflies. She is currently the President of the Hill Country Master Naturalist Chapter and the Secretary for the Boerne Chapter of the Native Plant Society.


Veronica Hawk has been a member of the Boerne chapter of NPSOT for 8 years. During that time, she participated in the Cibolo Nature Center's Wildlife Field Research Days, has been the rescue committee coordinator, held the vice president/programs position in 2011 and was Secretary for the chapter in 2014. Prior to moving to Bulverde, she volunteered for the Georgia Native Plant Society as a plant rescue coordinator from 2000-2008. She also graduated from the Georgia Master Naturalist program in 2006.


Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather and walking outside for 2 hours. You may also need a bottle of water, insect repellent, and/or sunscreen. The outdoor plant walk will take place on slightly uneven paths for a short distance of 1 mile or less.

Once the field portion of the class at Cibolo Nature Center is complete, students will travel to the Boerne Public Library for classroom presentations:
Patrick Heath Library
451 N Main Street #100
Boerne, TX 78006


Tentative Schedule:

8:00 - 8:15 am Check In
8:15 - 10:00 am Plant Walk (in three groups)
10:00 - 10:15 am Drive to Patrick Heath Library, 451 N Main Street #100, Boerne
10:15 - 10:30 am Break (cool down, water, coffee & snacks)
10:30 - 10:45 am Introduction
10:45 - 11:30 am Presentation - Plant Knowledge
11:30 - 11:45 am Break
11:45 - 12:45 pm Presentation - Plant Knowledge (continued)
12:45 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 pm Presentation - Introduction to Native Landscapes
2:15 - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 - 3:30 pm Presentation - Introduction to Native Landscapes (continued)
3:30 - 3:45 pm Break
3:45 - 4:15 pm Certification Test / Grading


Break time refreshments will be provided.

Lunch is limited to 30 minutes. You will not be able to purchase lunch in the area so please bring a bagged lunch.


Registration questions: Meg Inglis, NLCP Coordinator, or 512-589-1316
Location and class specific questions: Veronica Hawk, Host Chapter Manager,,


Extreme events such as flooding or icy conditions may cause us to cancel the class. In such a case an email will be sent to registrants from the NLCP Coordinator 24 hours prior to the class.


Level 1 is the same rate for all registrants: $37.
Levels 2, 3, and 4 (to be developed) are $37 for Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) members and $52 for all others.
Become a NPSOT individual member for only $35:

Cibolo Nature Center
140 City Park Rd
Boerne TX 78006

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