“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Here’s where you’ll find native plant societies and associations as well as organizations involved in preserving natural native landscapes.
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.
The Missouri Native Plant Society (MONPS) is dedicated to promoting the enjoyment, preservation, conservation, restoration, and study of the flora native to Missouri, educating the public about the values of the beauty, diversity, and environmental importance of indigenous vegetation, and publishing related information. To learn more about MONPS, visit monativeplants.org.
Shaw Nature Reserve, an extension of the Missouri Botanical Garden, includes 2,500 acres of natural Ozark landscape and managed plant collections. Located 35 miles southwest of St. Louis in Gray Summit, Missouri, it provides environmental education, ecological research and public enjoyment of the natural world. Write to them at PO Box 38, Gray Summit, MO 63039. Phone: (636) 451-3512.