Calendar of Events: Native Landscape Certification Program - Level 1 Class

Event Date: Mar 31, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:30 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.

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


Donald Ewers has a Master's degree in Urban Green Space Ecology. He is the Texas Master Naturalist liaison to the San Antonio River Authority and the National Park Service (San Antonio Missions National Historical Park), a field guide for the San Antonio Parks Natural Areas, and a docent at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.


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.


Tentative Schedule:

7:45-8:00 Registration
8:00-11:00 "Introduction to Native Landscapes" Presentation
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Plant Presentation
12:00-12:30 Lunch (Please plan on packing a lunch since the break for lunch is short)
12:30-1:30 Plant Presentation
1:30-3:30 Plant Walk
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-4:30 Test


Break time refreshments will be provided.
As lunch time is limited to 30 minutes, please bring a bagged lunch and drink.


Registration questions: Meg Inglis, NLCP Coordinator, [email protected] or 512-589-1316
Location and class specific questions: Joan Miller, Host Chapter Manager, [email protected] or 210-732-7138


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:

Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center
8400 NW Military Highway
San Antonio, TX 78231

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