Our chapter is based in Columbia and the surrounding area.
Contact info: [email protected]
Meetings are often held the second Saturday of the month. Location varies. We host tours and work parties in native gardens and natural areas such as prairies, as tools for learning about and caring for our world. We hold work parties as well at our sites, where you can often take home seedlings for your volunteer labor.
We also have a focus of teaching about the plight of Monarchs and how we can help them locally, by planting milkweeds and native nectar plants.
We care for native plantings at several sites in the area as native plant demonstration areas. Work days at these sites are great learning opportunities for volunteers.
Our sites include:
Capen Park Compost Demonstration Area native garden and rain garden
Forum Nature Area native beds at the end of the parking lot
Epple Field native planting area
We are also Partnering with the Missouri Prairie Foundation, the Hawthorn Chapter of the Native Plant Society, and Columbia Parks and Rec. to help maintain a 2 acre prairie planting area and a small glade planting in the north end of Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. We have been planting and caring for small patches within this prairie planting, and the rocky “glade” area with the help of Fairview Elementary School students, and adding seeds for more diversity throughout the area.
And we partner with several elementary schools in their pollinator gardens and prairie plantings
If you want to get involved in caring for any of these areas, you may contact Lea at [email protected] or 573-864-7647