December 2018 Update

Updated: Dec 16, 2018

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Coming soon: Third annual “Grand Partnership” meeting -

Probably February 26 in the morning – we’ll announce it as soon as the room reservation is confirmed. All are welcome, especially representatives from any local organizations that are interested in participating in the home habitat movement.


2018 Accomplishments – thank you, everybody!!!

This year, you guys

· Sold over 1000 copies of Native Plants for Northern Virginia

· Put up a display for a month in the exhibit case in each of 14 libraries

· Migrated to a new web provider, greatly improving the website

· Added 380 individuals to our mailing list for these updates, bringing the total to 840 (not including the many hundreds who receive it via various listservs)

· Posted articles on seven Patch sites

· Posted articles on NextDoor in 40 neighborhoods, making them available to be read by well over 200,000 people each time.

· Put a couple thousand “NoVA Native” and “Virginia Natives” stickers on plants at twelve garden centers

· Created 5 videos for YouTube and several others for Facebook, garnering over 41 thousand views

· Ran three Facebook ads which were responsible for 16 thousand of those views

· Participated in over 35 public events by staffing a table or giving a talk

· Partnered with Audubon-at-Home to give grants for plants to six faith communities

· Held a Partners’ meeting attended by 35 representatives from 34 organizations

· Were honored by the Fairfax County Tree Commission with a Friends of Trees award.

This list doesn’t even include the innumerable outreach activities undertaken by the scores of partnering