The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio
Suggestions for enjoying native plants of Ohio
Enjoying Native Plants
Where to start? Take a hike! The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio offers hikes and workshops throughout the year highlighting various plants and their habitats. Join us for one of these informal programs to explore the flora of our region.
These programs offer special opportunities to see private preserves and restricted areas not accessible by the general public.
Local, state, and national parks, as well as other organizations, also offer plant hikes throughout the year highlighting spring wildflowers, trees, ferns or other native plant species. For events of other environmental organizations, check out our Schedule of Events page.
Donít attempt too much at once. Try to learn a few woodland wildflowers while they are visible in the spring. In summer, learn to recognize the leaves of some of our areaís more common tree species. Concentrating on the flora of one habitat type at a time is a lot easier than tackling everything at once.
Botanizing can be an enjoyable year-round hobby. From the vibrant wildflowers of spring and the lush greens of summer to the colorful hues of autumn and the stately tree silhouettes of winter, enjoy the natural world around us.
Participate in a Research project
Here are just a couple of enjoyable projects to which anyone can contribute.
Ohioans can help find more champion-sized trees in back yards, community parks and cemeteries across the state. Big Trees are generally found in yards, parks, arboretums and cemeteries, where their size stands out. They are less frequently found in dense forests where trees have much more competition for resources needed to grow. The ODNR Division of Forestry is continuing efforts to locate and catalogue Ohioís Big Trees. They are actively seeking your help with the project.
The Native Plant Society
The Mission of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio is to promote the study, appreciation, and conservation of the native plants and plant communities of Ohio. In line with that mission and the general goals of the society, here are some ways you can make a difference:
Become familiar with the rare and endangered plants, the fragile environments, and the unique biotic communities in our areas so that they may be given maximum protection.
Be alert to threats to native plants; work with persons who make land use decisions for voluntary protection where possible and for legislative protection where needed. Attend public meetings and hearings on issues that will have an impact on plant resources in order to assess the situation and make recommendations to our chapter and to public officials.
Obtain the plant policy statements of the public land agencies in our area (federal, state, county, and city) that control or regulate park lands, open space, watersheds, and roads, and share the information with our members. Suggest to agencies where their policies should be changed to better conserve natural resources.
Become aware of and work with local individuals and departments that regulate or specify residential and commercial uses of plant materials, water use standards, and vegetation management programs.
Comment and advise on how local restrictions or ordinances affect use or protection of native vegetation.
Work to encourage the development and dissemination of lists of commercial sources of native plants and seeds. [Note: On our website there is a section under Landscaping, titled Buying Native Plants, which lists some resources to find where they are sold.]
Take and make opportunities to educate our members and the public of the importance of preserving our native plants in their natural habitats.
Initiate and support programs to eradicate particularly aggressive and noxious exotic plants. Promote the use of native plants.
Circulate our guidelines and policies to groups in our area to which they pertain.
Consider opportunities to salvage plants that
will be lost by development, being aware that such salvage
activities are often of limited success or value.