June 2017 Update

Updated: Apr 25, 2018

Newsletter article – as usual, a new short article is included at the end of this update. Please spread it around, and feel free to adapt it to your own situation. Plagiarism is totally fine!

Donations and grants needed for our campaign Please see the letter below from our co-chair and consider making a donation or helping us apply for grants.

Can you ask someone to commit to planting a native plant? Social science research has shown that simply asking people to make a commitment tremendously increases the likelihood that they will follow through. So please sign the Pledge to plant NOVA natives, and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. It is easily shared on social media.

Event planner needed Do you enjoy putting on events? A volunteer would be very welcome to help us arrange a fall event to help promulgate the science behind the native plant movement. Email us at plantnovanatives@gmail.com if you can help.

Inventory manager needed Actually, our “inventory” is very small (some posters, mail-able packages for people to use at events, and a few other things), but someone needs to do the printing and ordering, mail stuff, and dole things out from the office at 3040 Williams Drive, Fairfax.

Virginia Master Naturalist trainings. Are you interested in becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist? The application process for fall classes will be starting soon.

· Fairfax county: http://www.vmnfairfax.org/

· Banshee Reeks (Loudoun): www.vmnbansheereeks.org/join

· Arlington https://armn.org/apply/

Dear Friends of Plant NOVA Natives,

As you know, the grant from the VA Coastal Zone Management Program to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission that funds this program will end at the end of this year and will not be continuing.

We need to raise private funds to help continue this popular educational program; without such support our ability to provide the materials, staff support etc. to operate the program after December 31 will be severely diminished. To help raise private funds for this program, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission has partnered with the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia and have created a Plant NOVA Natives Fund.

You can make a tax deductible donation to support this program by clicking here. If you are aware of a company that is willing to match your donation or is willing to support this effort please feel free to share this information.

Plant NOVA Natives has been a considerable success. Our web site receives more than 50,000 unique visits – and, the program outreach thro