PNPS has supported numerous demonstration gardens to better educate the public on the use of native plants in the landscape. Shown below are a few of the ones we have supported.
Bob Snetsinger Butterfly Garden - Tudek Park, 400 Herman Drive, State College, PA
An ongoing project, the garden occupies a wet site in the Centre County Master Gardeners' Snetsinger Butterfly Garden, located in Tudek Park, State College.
Bellwood Antis Middle School Environmental Education Center - Hollidaysburg, PA
From the outside, there is nothing particularly remarkable about Bellwood-Antis Middle School. It’s a one-story, beige cinder block building situated on a quiet street in Bellwood. But if you look a little closer, you just might notice something unusual – at the side of the building facing the main street sits a decorative wooden gate that once opened, leads to a pretty remarkable place: the Bellwood-Antis Middle School Environmental Education Center (EEC). Read More
Terry Wentz Education Center - Hollidaysburg, PA
The Friends of Canoe Creek State Park, Hollidaysburg, PA recently completed a butterfly garden in front of the Terry Wentz Education Center. The project was aided by a $250 donation from PNPS to buy plant materials. Read More
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center - State College, PA
In 2015, the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center created a pollinator garden with native plants. Aided by a grant from PNPS and with the help of a local Girl Scout Troop, the garden was an instant success and not just with visitors to the marsh. Hummingbirds and monarchs became frequent guests, with a constant stream of bees (so many bees!). The garden will be used for educational field trips and programs offered at MMNC. Read More
Walnut Creek Park - State College, PA
The Penn State student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) joined with the town of State College, PA to restore native flora to the entrance of Walnut Springs Park on University Drive, State College, PA. The plants were purchased at the Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center with a generous donation from the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society. Read More
Examples of other initiatives incorporating native plants are included here. These are not supported by PNPS, but offer good ideas on what can be done to support the environment with the use of native plants. If you know of other initiatives that should be recognized, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Penn State University has established a solar farm and planted natives as a ground cover - click here for the whole story.