Native Plants Program at Lincoln University Cooperative Extension
The main goals of the Native Plants Program (NPP) are to promote the use of native plants for conservation to enhance biodiversity in rural and urban settings and to increase awareness about their potential as specialty crops to generate income for underserved audiences including small farmers, producers, landowners and others.
To accomplish these goals, the NPP organizes and participates in seminars, workshops and field days to offer training and hands-on demonstrations about topics related to native plants. By doing these presentations, the NPP fulfills the mission of Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE) that provides service for diverse audiences including those of various ethnicities and ages.
The NPP works in close collaboration with the Northern Research Station, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) Center for Agroforestry and MU's Bradford Research & Extension Center in Columbia where research plots and demonstration gardens are open throughout the year.
The NPP has joined the efforts of grassroots organizations in Missouri including the Missouri Prairie Foundation, garden clubs, the Native Plant Society, Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners. Federal and state agencies, especially the Grow Native! Program (http://www.grownative.org), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Farm Service Agency (FSA) increase awareness about the importance of native plants for wildlife, especially to protect native pollinators and other important invertebrates to maintain biodiversity and improve fruit and seed production for food in urban and rural farms.
Native Plant Outdoor Laboratories and Classrooms
The NPP is developing Native Outdoor Laboratories (NPOL) that consist of a series of Missouri native plant gardens, including woody and herbaceous species, with information addressing the importance of native plants for landscaping, wildlife habitat and as specialty crops for food, fiber and dyes to improve the way of life for citizens in farms and cities.
- To inform educators and communities about native plants found in natural areas such as prairies, savannas, wetlands and woodlands
- To inform about uses of native plants by humans and their potential to generate income
- To identify the importance of native plants for wildlife habitat
- For beautification and the enjoyment of communities of various ethnicities and ages
The outdoor laboratories and demonstration sites can be visited at three main locations in the spring and fall:
- Lincoln University main campus between Allen and Foster Hall (Jefferson City, Missouri)
- Lincoln University Alan T. Busby Farm (Jefferson City, Missouri)
- Martin Community Center (Marshall, Missouri)
Interpretive signs are displayed in English and Spanish and bilingual brochures are available at the laboratories. The brochures cover information about the importance of native plants as food, fiber, dyes, and medicine. We also cover their use in conservation practices, and to provide habitat for wildlife, especially native pollinators.
Outreach and Education
Seminars and field days are offered at throughout the year. Training and exhibits with the participation of Lincoln University specialists and representative organizations mentioned above, are offered during these events. Participation is open to citizens of different ages and ethnicities.
“In Touch with Nature” Field Day, Saturday, September 28, 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m. at Alan T. Busby Farm, 5124 Goller Road, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Come alone or with your family and friends to enjoy and learn. The event is open to everyone. During this field day visit exhibits, get involved with hands-on demonstrations and take wagon tours. Activities include mini-farm with chicken and goats, water critters, fish trailer, native plant garden tours, etc. Learn about prairie restoration and all about bugs! Sample foods prepared with native plants and local produce will be available. Meat burgers and drinks from local vendors will be available. Click here for flyer.
Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People lecture, Thursday, August 29, 2013 (flyer for more information)
Dave Tylka is the author of the book, ‘Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People’ published by the Missouri Department of Conservation. As an educator, biologist, nature author, and photographer, he will tell us about Missouri native plants and ideas that can inspire any landowner to landscape with native plants. Dave teaches Native Landscaping and Ozark Ecology at St. Louis Community College at Meramec. He and his wife grow about 200 species of native plants in their own backyard.
Lecture starts at 11:00 a.m. at Scruggs Center (Ballroom) located at 819 Chestnut Street followed by book signing, native plant food samples and garden tours at the Native Plant Outdoor Laboratory located at 900 Chestnut Street (in front of Allen Hall).
Free Parking at Dickinson Research Center 1219 Chestnut Street (Corner of Chestnut Street and Leslie Boulevard) will be available. Shuttles will be provided to the event from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and twice after the event.
To register, please send name, address, email and phone number to Shirley Downing to (DowningS@LincolnU.edu) or Nadia Navarrete-Tindall (Navarrete-TindallN@LincolnU.edu).
Reservations can also be sent by mail to Ms. Shirley Downing, 900 Chestnut, Allen Hall Room 102, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
This event is sponsored by LU Cooperative Extension Native Plants, Sprouts and Roots and Integrated Pest Management Programs, Grow Native! and Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. This is a free event, please register by August 26.
Back to Nature, the Charms, and Uses of Indigenous Flora: 2013 Series of Training Classes
All classes below will be offered in Room 100 Allen Hall, 900 Chestnut Street, Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri unless otherwise noted. Cost $5.00 or $10.00 per class or $25.00 for the whole series. Advanced registration is encouraged. Space is limited. Send check payable to: Lincoln University/Native Plants Program to Ms. Shirley Downing, 102 Allen Hall, 900 Chestnut Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Scholarships are available. For additional information, please contact Amy Hempen at HempenA@LincolnU.edu.
|Class Title ||Date and Time||Cost||Class Description|
|Introduction to Landscape Design and Principles of Plant Propagation||February 21, 2013, 2:00-5:00 p.m.||$5.00||Participants will be introduced to principles of landscape design, form teams and create a design for a given site at Lincoln University. Participants will also learn methods to propagate plants by seeds. Indoor hands-on activities.|
Garden Maintenance at Lincoln University Native Plant Outdoor Laboratory and other native plant gardens.
|Thursday, March 7, 2013, 2:00-5:00 p.m.|| $5.00|
In addition to learn to maintain a native plant garden, participants will be able to collect seed for their own gardens. Hands-on maintenance experience on existing gardens. Bring your pruners. Learn while you exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
| Native Plants Identification|| Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:00-5:00 p.m.||$5.00|
Identification and propagation of most popular native plants for pollinators, butterflies, and for food. Check seed-seedlings established during first class. If time permits, participants will help to lift seedlings from gardens.
|Guided field tour at a nearby prairie and woodland - Prairie Garden Trust, Fulton, MO|| May 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.|| $10.00|
Training session about meadowscaping and woodland gardens followed by a walking tour. Low impact activity. Lunch included.
|Installing the native plant garden|| Thursday, June 6, 2013|| $5.00||Creating a Garden(s) with native plants using design developed by the teams (see above). Teams will take turns to water while plants get established.|
|Native Edibles class in Jefferson City and tour of Native Plant Outdoor Laboratory|| Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||$10.00|
Garden tour followed by indoor class and cooking demonstrations using native plant ingredients at the certified kitchen at Lincoln University campus.
All classes below will be offered at the Center located at 1985 South Odell, Marshall, MO 65340. Cost $5.00 or $10.00 per class or $25.00 for the whole series. Seed, growing media and other materials will be provided. Advanced registration is encouraged. Space is limited. Send check payable to: Lincoln University/Native Plants Program, 1985 South Odell, Marshall MO 65340. Scholarships are available. For additional information, please contact Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall at phone: (573) 681-5392, email: Navarrete-TindallN@LincolnU.edu.
|Introduction to Landscape Design and Principles of Plant Propagation. Participants will form teams for group project.|| Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 2:00-5:00 p.m.|| $5.00|| Participants will be introduced to principles of landscape design, form teams and create a design for a given site at Lincoln University. Participants will also learn methods to propagate plants by seeds. Indoors hands-on activities|
| Garden Maintenance at Lincoln University Native Plant Gardens|| Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 2:00-5:00 p.m.|| $5.00|| In addition to learning to maintain a native plant garden, participants will be able to collect seed for their own gardens. Outdoors hands-on maintenance experience on existing gardens. Bring your pruners.|
CANCELLED - To Be Rescheduled
Native Plant Sale. Garden tours and hands-on demonstrations on native plants including native plant propagation. Teams will present garden designs.
|Saturday, April 27, 2013, 2:00-5:00 p.m.|| Free event||During this event we will sell seedlings gathered (potted) from the garden and offer guided tours. Teams from class in February will present design to be evaluated by the public to install a garden in June. Various hands-on activities. Outdoors activities.|
| Guided field tour at a nearby natural area - Van Meter State Park, Marshall, MO|| May 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|| $10.00 Lunch included|| Learn about meadowscaping and woodland gardens followed by a walking tour. Low impact activity.|
| Installing the native plant garden||Thursday, June 4, 2013|| $5.00|| Creating a Garden(s) with native plants using design developed by participants. Teams will take turns to water while plants get established.|
| Native Edibles class will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Garden Tour from noon to 2:00 p.m.||Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|| $10.00||Seminar location: 353 South Lafayette, MU-Saline County Extension Center, Marshall Garden Tour location: Martin Community Center, 1985 South Odell, Marshall|
For more information about these and other events, see the Cooperative Extension and Research Calendar
Native Plants Events sponsored by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center in Columbia, Missouri (http://aes.missouri.edu/bradford/research/native-plants):
- Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Bobwhite and Native Plants Field Day on Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Examples of PowerPoint presentations that can be offered upon request are as follows:
- Introduction to Native Plants
- Woodland and Prairie Plants
- Prairie Vegetation
- Woodland Vegetation
- Native Plant Landscaping for Wildlife
- Native Cool Season Grasses: Identification and Production
- Native Plants for Native Pollinators
- Native Plants Adapted to Wetlands
- Climbers, Clingers and Creepers: Native Vines for You and Other Wildlife
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Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall
Lincoln University Cooperative Extension
900 Chestnut Street
306 Allen Hall
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5392
FAX: (573) 681-5546
Native Plants Website: http://www.lincolnu.edu/web/programs-and-projects/native-plants