Our ever-expanding resource library includes the tools and information you need to improve your community environment.
The H-E-B/Central Market Youth Resource Library is an online listing of ready-made youth programs, lesson plans and templates available to replicate and implement in your community.Texas Children in Natureis network of organizations and individuals who want to reconnect children and families with nature for a healthier, happier and smarter Texas! Nature Rocks is one way they connect families with partners that offer access to nature, educational programs or healthy events.The CPF Institute supports educators and increases their capacity to involve students in investigating natural phenomena, solving problems, and making a difference.This program educates students about energy efficiency through project-based curriculum, saving energy in schools and building pathways to green jobs.The Center for Green Schools works with school decision makers, community volunteers, and leaders to drive progress.This program provides educators with lesson plans on climate change to educate students about sustainability.An educational program that empowers students and teachers to help the environment.A youth service program to foster respect and compassion for all living things, beliefs, and cultures.Lesson plans to help teachers inform students on how they can do their part to “Take Care of Texas.”“Info Sheets and website links for waste-related topics such as “Anatomy of a Landfill” and “Waste-to-Energy.”Information on a range of environmental topics, as well as the environmental laws and regulations.A nationwide program for schools and students that helps make recycling easy, fun, and rewarding.A program that rewards recycling and sustainability education, as well as providing feedback on personal habits.A green schools program combining effective green management of school grounds, facilities and curriculum.A program to inspire schools and education institutions to reduce environmental impact and teach sustainability practices.REAL School Gardens boosts academics with experiential outdoor lessons and giving back to communities.The SFC cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food.TDA’s statewide Farm to School initiative provides Texas schools with helpful resources for building relationships with local farms.Nature filled school grounds where children and families play and learn outdoors enhance community healthInspire students to take responsibility for improving the environment at their school, home and in their community.Green Apple Day of Service is a unique moment to join schools across the world to celebrate the central role that schools playin preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. A school’s event is an opportunity to give students hands-on experience with sustainability, strengthening civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills.A network of organizations and individuals who want to reconnect children and families with nature for a healthier, happier and smarter Texas!
Volunteers are the backbone of Keep Texas Beautiful and our affiliate community organizations. Without their generous support, many of our day to day activities would be impossible. Take a look at some of our helpful resources below to acknowledge, thank and support your community volunteers.
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Vivian AllenVivian Allen drives true change in her community of La Marque and is a passionate volunteer who manages several programs, including Keep La Marque Beautiful's Commission Business Yard of the Month and Residential yard of the Month. She works on city beautication efforts, spearheads educational programs and starts community gardens all over town. Vivian and her partner, Benny, personally care for flowerbeds at La Marque City Hall, landscaping at La Marque Public Library and a Community Garden at La Marque Economic Development Corporation. Along with her position as Treasurer of KLMBC, she is also President of La Marque Garden Club and plans to become a certifed Master Gardener. Vivian is a member of several other volunteer grounds across Galveston County. City of La Marque is lucky to have her as a citizen and benefits immensely from her drive and dedication to make La Marque a better place to live.
Zoe Rascoe of Keep Temple BeautifulNominated by Yvonne Eele, Zoe Rascoe was nominated due to her involvement in many community organizations including KTB. Her servant heart and drive to improve the community in many ways from parks to economics. She serves on the board of many community organizations, as well as opening her home to many for parties and get together. Zoe is involved in most things that are good for Temple.
Nelida Spurrell of Keep Aransas County BeautifulNominated by Rosemary Pizio-White, Nelida Spurrell's nomination celebrates her as an "unwavering pillar of support and action for KACB and founding member since 2015." Neli has worked with the community to develop KACB and support restoration following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Port Aransas and Port Aransas County just received a Rebuilding Texas Grant from KTB for their hard work as well.
Kirby Pruitt of Keep Gatesville BeautifulNominated by Cheri Shepherd, Affiliate Coordinator of KGB, Kirby Pruitt's enthusiasm for litter control in his community began when KGB was formed last spring in 2017. Pruitt contacted KGB to let them know he would pick up litter as he took his daily two-mile walk each day. Since then, Pruitt has consistently picked up litter on his route and has set a great example of what a difference just one person can make!
Linda Henderson, President of Keep Cuero BeautifulNominated by Sandra Osman of Cuero, Linda Henderson has been " instrumental, consistent and Texas-determined" in making good things happen in their community. From planting grants to downtown beautification projects, Linda has been key in working with the city to help make Cuero beautiful. They even hosted one of our affiliate regional trainings in August 2018!
UPS Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer TeamNominated by David Cuellar of UPS, the UPS Neighbor to Neighbor community-based volunteer team makes a big impact in the Rio Grande Valley in a variety of ways, whether it is sorting at food banks, participating in beach cleanups, planting seedlings with Rio Reforestation, assisting Habitat for Humanity and more. This group takes pride in cleaning up their local highways and was even commended by Adopt-a-Highway for their efforts. Thank you for embodying your group motto and "Unit[ing] as one... to make a difference!"
Project Hero Fort Hood HUBNominated by Keep Nolanville Beautiful, the Project Hero Fort Hood HUB dedicates time monthly for community improvement. During their last event, they repaired the little lending library and cleaned the community center parking lot in their area. They also recruited local children to help and spoke to them about the importance of taking care of their community.
Amy Barnhill of Keep Midland BeautifulNominated by Keep Midland Beautiful, volunteer Amy Barnhill regularly helps with this affiliate's Great American Cleanup, Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off and Feast of Sharing events. In addition to her hands-on support, she regularly volunteers with the Midland Texas Recycles Day event and has built a strong relationship with Chevron and KMB through her work and advocacy as an Environmental Safety Specialist with the organization.
First Monday Gardeners in Salado, TexasNominated by Keep Salado Beautiful, the First Monday Gardeners help maintain the Salado Pocket Gardens on the first Mondays of each month. Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners and community members bring their knowledge, enthusiasm and work ethic to make our gardens beautiful in every season. They volunteer their time, tools and materials each month and water and weed during the long summer.
Online tool to advertise volunteer opportunities. Basic membership is FREE.
Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
The City of Arlington’s SmartScape® Garden is a low water use alternative garden with plants and turf. This garden provides a long-lasting public education showcase for Texas SmartScape® and water conservation concepts.
Forestinfo.org is your source for environmental information which is understandable, unbiased, accurate, and available in a wide variety of formats. We strive to facilitate informed decisions regarding forestry-related issues. Welcome teachers, students, forestry professionals, and those with a general interest in protecting, managing, and enhancing the natural environment!
This report done by the U.S. EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds describes Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations.
Articles from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center containing a wealth of information that will help you transform your space into a Native Plant landscape. (Also in Spanish).
The goal of the Native Plant Information Network is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America.
The Native Plant Society of Texas wants to preserve our state’s rich heritage for future generations. NPSOT is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who work to promote native plant appreciation, research, and conservation through local chapters around the state.
Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization committed to creating a greener, cooler earth by supporting the creation, renovation and revitalization of managed recreational and athletic green spaces that result in healthier, happier people. Project EverGreen’s initiatives include GreenCare for Troops, SnowCare for Troops and the “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.”™
Texasinvasives.org is a Texas-sized partnership to manage non-native invasive plants and pests in Texas. The partnership includes state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, green industry, academia and other private and public stakeholders who share in the common goal of protecting Texas from the threat of invasive species.
The goal of the Native Plant Information Network is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America.
Since the Don’t mess with Texas campaign began in 1986, hundreds of tons of trash have been removed from Texas roadways. But with over 23 million people living in our state, there’s a lot more to do. Check out our many programs and activities, and learn how you can help. It’s what Real Texans do.
Drive Clean Across Texas is the nation’s first statewide public outreach and education campaign designed to raise awareness and change attitudes about air pollution.
A toolkit is available to help you ‘green’ any public event in a systematic and cost-effective way. The guide is intended to help organizations reduce the amount of litter generated at community events and to recover recyclable materials from the waste stream.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is available 24 hours every day to receive complaints under its jurisdiction.
Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality designed to involve all Texans in lifestyle and habit changes that will help improve air and water quality, conserve water and energy, reduce waste, and save individuals a little money in the process.
The Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations and GrantsMagic U are teaming up to provide long-term, sustainable support for Texas nonprofits working hard on Hurricane Harvey relief and rebuilding efforts. If your nonprofit or community organization is one of the dozens who are helping rebuild, restore, and renew the hurricane-devastated Houston area, you and your team are eligible to enroll - at no cost - in grant trainings provided by GrantsMagic U.
The Texas Downtown Association fosters development and revitalization to enhance the economic vitality of Texas downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by providing resources, networking opportunities, education and advocacy.
The TFS was founded in 1915 as a part of the Texas A&M University system. Charged with supporting and directing all forestry-related efforts in the state, the TFS offers a wide range of resources for Texans looking for help planting trees and landscaping their communities.
TIDRC provides resources for local community professionals to address illegal dumping and burning: On-site classes and seminars for professionals and elected officials; and, books and other resource materials on the subject. KTB is a supporting agency of TIDRC’s Stop Trashing Texas program, and along with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, helps coordinate the cleanup of illegal dumps across the state.
The Texas Main Street Program, part of the Texas Historical Commission’s Community Heritage Development Division, helps Texas cities revitalize their historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by utilizing preservation and economic development strategies.
A state-wide chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, TXSES is a non-profit organization with a mission of renewable energy education and outreach.
The Texas Travel Leads program provides an opportunity to make contact with potential Texas travelers who have requested information about traveling to Texas and visiting destinations across the state. It also gives you access to plenty of complimentary resources such as car litter bags, sticks and coloring books.
This site from the Texas Forest Service provides a custom tree selector, tools, and helpful tips for planting trees at your home or in your community.
The Adopt-A-Spot Online Mapping Tool Project was created by a diverse group of stakeholders within the river basin with the goal of fostering a litter-free environment in the Trinity River Basin by enabling community leaders to promote and track trash removal activities in their region. The project steering committee has contracted The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment staff at Texas State University to develop thisproject website and mapping tool.
Waste Management and Don’t Mess with Texas participate every summer in a public education campaign to remind area residents to â€œcover your loadâ€ when bringing unwanted debris to area landfills to prevent accidental litter.
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Learn about Arbor Day history, how to celebrate Arbor Day in your community, and more.
National membership organization promoting community gardens.
EcoRise offers academically aligned sustainability and design innovation curricula for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. We are particularly well-suited to strengthen and compliment STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses, by offering interactive opportunities to apply knowledge and skills to relevant, real-world problems. Because our curricular materials are customizable to fit within—and enhance—existing scope and sequences, teachers are able to easily integrate EcoRise lessons without sacrificing important material assessed on standardized tests.
The mission of everyone at GameWarden.org is to promote the good works of the dedicated individuals who protect wildlife and natural resources, and to be the most reliable and comprehensive educational resource about the career of a game warden.
Goodwill provides an easy and charitable to donate your vehicle to someone in need. Goodwill car donation specializes in making the car donation process as fast and easy as possible.
Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention, and how help protect the environment.
i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessement tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen the structre of community trees and the environement services that trees provide.
Visit this site and register to opt out of receiving your annual Yellow Pages and/or telephone directory, download sustainability reports from Yellow Pages Association and find out where to recycle Yellow Pages in your community.
Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe alongside Nature Conservancy scientists. Our interactive lesson plans align to standards and can be customized for each classroom.
Created by the Paper Industry Association Council, or PAIC, this web site offers a how-to when creating recycling programs for your office, school and community.
Projects for Good is an organization that was formed to empower people by connecting them with the resources they need to have meaningful impact in the casues they are passionate about.
SEPA is a resource for non-profits that offers information about solar technologies, policies and programs.
It’s good to recycle your junk mail. It’s even better to stop getting it. This site provides consumers with a Stop Junk Mail Kit to stop the clutter!
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. LEED is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The drought affects us all, from ranchers and farmers to urban citizens. We have witnessed wildfires breaking out across the state, and our lakes and rivers are lowering rapidly. Our cities and counties are implementing water restrictions, some for the first time ever.
TEXAS DROUGHT RESOURCES
During 2012, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) hosted drought emergency planning workshops throughout the state. The workshops provided local government officials, board members, and their water system operators information and tools to prevent and mitigate water outages. You can view the video of the presentations on this site.
The Office of the State Climatologist (OSC) serves as a clearinghouse for climate information for the state of Texas. The OSC issues regular climate updates and conducts research on climate monitoring and climate prediction in Texas and the southern United States.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service offers practical, how-to education based on university research.
Provides information to help you make better decisions about water use, including surface and groundwater regulations, and emergency procedures.
Texas Forest Service website includes Texas wildfire updates, along with wildfire prevention tools, resources, and tips on caring for trees during the drought.
Drought resources page that describes the Texas Water Development Board’s role in monitoring the drought and providing assistance, along with monitoring current conditions in Texas.
This site is a collection of weather products derived from real-time weather data. Site includes the Keetch-Byram Drought Index and Texas Fire Danger map.
WATER CONSERVATION TIPS & TOOLS
Calculate your water footprint, along with learning over 75 water saving tips.
Eating local saves water, but might not be possible 100% of the time for everyone in the U.S., with seasonal vegetables and the need to import things like bananas and coffee. However, almost everyone can reduce their water footprint by drinking local. Here are some tips on how to reduce your bottled water footprint.
Learn 10 easy conservation tips, along with rainwater harvesting information and conservation programs and resources.
List of Texas Public Water Systems limiting usage to avoid shortages. Search by county and neighborhood to see if there are water restrictions being imposed in your area.
The Water IQ: Know your Water is a statewide public awareness water conservation program. Through Water IQ, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) provides information on water-efficient practices, raises awareness about the importance of water conservation, and helps Texans use less water.
CARING FOR TREES DURING DROUGHT
Article from the Texas Forest Service with timely tips and information on saving your trees.
RAINWATER TANK SIZE CALCULATOR
Works with millions of volunteers, from all around the world, on their International Coastal Cleanup. For more than 30 years, this program and more have inspired long-term solutions that promote a healthy ocean, abundant wildlife and thriving coastal communites.Programs
Looking for next steps after receiving your package of butterfly garden seeds?
You’ve come to the right place! Please take a few moments to browse our ever-growing selection of resources to ensure your success in planting your migration station and supporting the growth of Texas’ Monarch population.
If you’ve found this page simply through browsing our website, welcome! In order to receive your own complimentary seed packet and help sustain our butterfly population, purchase our 7th edition collectible ornament.
GARDEN SEED MIX
Now that you’ve received your butterfly garden seeds, you might be wondering just what sort of mix you have. While Monarch larvae need the milkweed for nourishment during development, adult Monarchs actually feed on the nectar of a variety of flowering plants. The list below will give you a full rundown of the array of beautiful flowers that will soon be in bloom in your butterfly garden!
- Northern Milkweed (Asclepias Speciosia)
- Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
- Southern Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica)
- Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
- White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)
- Bishop’s Flower/Queen Anns Lace (Ammi majus)
- Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)
- Sunset Flower (Asclepias curassavica)
- Turbo White (Limonium sinuatum Statice)
- Prairie Aster (Aster tanacetifolius)
- Turbo Yellow (Limonium sinuatum Statice)
- Thoroughwax (Bupleurum griffithii)
- Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
- Mexican Lupine (Lupinus hartwegii)
- Bachelor Button (Centaurea cyanus)
- Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)
- Sweet Sultan (Centaurea moschata)
- Yellow Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnaris)
- Tricolor Daisy (Chrysanthemum carinatum)
- Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia gloriosa)
- Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum)
- Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
- Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
- Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)
- Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
- Moss Verbena (Verbena tenuisecta)
- Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
BUTTERFLY GARDENING TIPS
Gain some knowledge on the fundamentals of butterfly gardening based on your location.
The purpose of the program is to educate members and the public about Monarch conservation, to produce and distribute milkweeds that support reproduction by Monarch butterflies, and to restore Monarch habitats throughout the Texas migration flyway.
TEXAS BUTTERFLY EXIBITS
The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology (both in Houston) provide entertainment and education for the whole family! Discover the wonderful world of insects, with fun, interactive games and quizzes, spectacular preserved specimens, and living examples of some of the world’s largest and weirdest arthropods. They also hold a semi-annual butterfly plant sale.
This Galveston-based educational and recreational nature resort hosts a year-round tropical butterfly exhibit in their rainforest pyramid. They are currently showing Flight of the Butterflies 3D in their theater.
Located at Fair Park in Dallas, the mission of Texas Discovery Gardens is to teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment, with a focus on gardening organically and sustainably. A butterfly garden and insectarium is located onsite.
This migration tracking project is a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. The site includes information to help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring, along with a wealth of resources regarding migration and an FAQ section that will help explain everything there is to know about the Monarch!
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to “keep our skies filled with nature’s color,” this group provides education, involvement and assistance to individuals working to benefit the Monarch butterfly and various native creatures who have suffered a decline in their natural habitats.
This fund meets the challenge of preserving Monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration through a specific conservation strategy that fosters healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities through forest conservation, habitat monitoring, scientific research, education and outreach, and sustainable development.
A nationwide organization dedicated to education, conservation and research.
The 100-acre National Butterfly Center is dedicated to education, conservation and scientific research on wild butterflies.
A Monarch watch group specific to Texas.