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AT: NPSoT Native Landscape Certification Program

April 4 @ 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

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Native Landscapes for Birds is a Companion Class to the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP). There is no prerequisite for the class.

The NLCP is a four level certification program developed by the Native Plant Society of Texas that teaches the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes. Check it out!

This is a state-wide program, but classes focus on the characteristics and plants of the region in which they are taught. Please register for classes located in the region in which you wish to landscape.

Native Landscapes for Birds:

– Learn about the importance of birds and Texas’ role in bird migration.
– Identify threats to birds and steps to reduce them.
– Understand the relationship between birds and native plants.
– Create and maintain bird-friendly native plant landscapes.
– Become familiar with up to 50 native Texas plants that benefit your local birds.

The course includes a classroom session and an outdoor field portion. At the end of class, the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) provides a completion certificate.

Mary Ann Beauchemin is the Senior Naturalist at the Nature Discovery Center (NDC) and was the Park Steward there from 2007 to 2019, overseeing the creation of a master plan for the park and the removal and replacement of most of the non-native plants on the site with plants native to Harris County. This included the creation of native “Habitat Zone” sample garden areas, signage and trails accessible to all. She is also a member of the Houston Native Plant Society.

Mary Ann has a Masters degree in Environmental Education and has taught children and adults about the natural world in nature centers and for the US Forest Service in Oregon and Texas since 1978. She has a passion for birding and has been the bird walks leader at the NDC since 2000 and led bird walks at other nature centers for 20 years before that. She also currently leads the Willow Waterhole Bird Survey for Houston Audubon.


Margaret Gnewuch has been a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter for over 20 years and is a past president. Margaret has been studying, gardening, and enjoying native Texas plants for over 30 years. She is the Book Coordinator for our Wildscapes Workshop searching for native plant and nature books.


Mary Spolyar is a Texas Gulf Coast Master Naturalist and a member of the Native Plant Society, Houston Chapter. A native Houstonian, Mary’s interest in native plants grew from gardening for and rearing butterflies. She volunteers in the Natives Nursery at Houston Audubon’s Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary and also at the Houston Arboretum, where she enjoys encouraging elementary school students to explore and appreciate the natural world around them.

ChristChurch Presbyterian
5001 Bellaire Blvd, between Third St and S. Rice Ave
Loop 610 Bellaire exit
Bellaire, TX 77401
West Wing room 2-3 (shown in gold on campus map)
Driving directions and campus map:

We’re reserving space in the front parking lot for car poolers. There is another small lot on Linden – ChristChurch Learning Center, when this is filled please park on Third street.

Plant walk:
Russ Pitman Park
7112 Newcastle

Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather and walking outside for 2 hours. You may also need a bottle of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a chair cushion.

Tentative Agenda:

8:00 – 8:15 am Registration
8:15 – 8:30 am Class Introduction
8:30 – 9:30 am Presentation – Plant Knowledge
9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 10:45 am Presentation – Plant Knowledge (continued)
10:45 – 11:00 am Short Break & Car Pool to Russ Pitman Park
11:00 – 12:45 pm Field Course – Plant Walk
12:45 – 1:00 pm Carpool Back
1:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Presentation – Native Landscapes for Birds
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 3:45 pm Presentation – Native Landscapes for Birds (continued)
3:45 – 4:00 pm Questions/Wrap Up
Refreshments and Lunch

Break time refreshments will be provided.

Lunch is limited to 30 minutes. You will not be able to purchase lunch in the area so please bring a bagged lunch.

Registration: Meg Inglis, NLCP Coordinator, or 512-589-1316
Location and class specific: Margaret Gnewuch, Host Chapter Manager,, 713-657-0372

Lodging: Please contact Margaret Gnewuch if you need help locating lodging.
Inclement Weather

Extreme events such as flooding may cause us to cancel the class. In such a case an email will be sent to registrants from the NLCP Coordinator 24 hours prior to the class.

Level 1 is the same rate for all registrants: $45.
Subsequent levels are $50 for Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) members and $65 for all others.
Become a NPSOT individual member and save:
Pricing – Regular (Jan 31, 2020 – Apr 3, 2020)
Registrant Type Price
General US$ 65.00
NPSOT Member US$ 50.00
Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please contact the NLCP Coordinator as soon as possible so another student may come in your place: Meg Inglis, or 512-589-1316. Fees may not be applied to future classes. Only cancellations made by midnight on the Monday prior to class are eligible for a refund. Upon cancellation, a $10 handling fee is deducted from the refund to cover charges incurred from our third party registration service provider. Thank you for your understanding in this matter!


April 4
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
See info in description
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Christ Church Presbyterian
5001 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, 77401
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