LUCE Programs and Projects
- Agricultural Economics and Marketing
- Community and Leadership Development
- Diversity Programs
- Human Resource Development
- Innovative Small Farmers' Outreach Program
- Integrated Pest Management
- Kansas City Urban Impact Center
- Native Plants
- Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging
- Plant Pathology
- Sheep, Goat, and Value Added Fiber Program
- Small Ruminant Program
- Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program)
- Southeast Missouri 1890 Extension Program
- St. Louis Urban Impact Center
- Wildlife Science
- Youth Development and 4-H Programs
Native Plants Program
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), which 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 (MU) Center for Agroforestry and MU's Bradford Research 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 Plant Outdoor Laboratories (NPOLs) 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 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 people of different ages and ethnicities.
Upcoming Native Plants Events
For more information about upcoming exciting, educational Native Plants events, see the Cooperative Extension and Research Calendar.
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
- FINCA: Families Integrating Nature, Conservation and Agriculture FS08H2017
- Baking with Persimmons and Wild Berries GS08A2011
- Monarch and Milkweed Fact Sheet (in Spanish)
- Native Plants Outdoor Laboratory Fact Sheet FS082015
- Poverty Grass for Golf Courses
- Resources and Services for Minority Farmers and Ranchers
- Native Cool Season Grasses
- Making Cordage from Native Plants
- Wild Leek
- City-friendly Native Plant Garden
- Baking with Persimmons and Wild Berries
- Native Plants for Pollinators Poster
- When Life Hands You Sumac
Native Plants Website: http://www.lincolnu.edu/web/programs-and-projects/native-plants
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