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  • Beautification

    Ask Mr. Smarty PlantsAsk Mr. Smarty Plants

    Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

    City of Arlington SmartScape GardenCity of Arlington SmartScape® Garden

    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. 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!

    LBJ Wildflower CenterA Guide to Native Plant Gardening

    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).


    LBJ Wildflower CenterNative Plant Information Network

    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.

    Native Plant Society of TexasNative Plant Society of Texas

    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.


    Texas InvasivesTexas Invasives 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.

    Texas SmartscapeTexas Smartscape

    Texas SmartScape® is an interactive how-to-guide that teaches concepts of landscaping with native and adapted plants. This program will show you how to conserve water, protect the environment, and beautify your home. This site contains customized SmartScape information specifically for the climates of the North Central Texas and West Texas regions.

  • Butterfly Gardening

    butterfly gardeningLooking 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.


    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)


    Gain some knowledge on the fundamentals of butterfly gardening based on your location.


    Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Grant Program

    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.


    HMNS-Stacked-LogoCockrell Butterfly Center at the Museum of Natural Science

    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.

    moody-gardens-logoMoody Gardens

    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.

    hd_bannerTexas Discovery Gardens

    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.


    BannerMonarchJourney North: Monarch Butterfly

    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!

    indexLive 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.

    MBF LOGO.finalMonarch Butterfly Fund

    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.

    monarchwatchMonarch Watch

    A nationwide organization dedicated to education, conservation and research.

    national-butterfly-centerNational Butterfly Center

    The 100-acre National Butterfly Center is dedicated to education, conservation and scientific research on wild butterflies.

    Texas Monarch Watch

    A Monarch watch group specific to Texas.

  • Coastal Resources

    Coastal Resources

    The Ocean Conservancy 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.


  • Water Conservation

    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.



    Drought Emergency Planning Workshops

    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.

    Office of the State Climatologist

    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.

    Texas AgriLife Extension Service Agricultural Drought Task Force

    The Texas AgriLife Extension Service offers practical, how-to education based on university research.

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Drought Information

    Provides information to help you make better decisions about water use, including surface and groundwater regulations, and emergency procedures.

    Texas Forest Service

    Texas Forest Service website includes Texas wildfire updates, along with wildfire prevention tools, resources, and tips on caring for trees during the drought.

    Texas Water Development Board

    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.

    Texas Weather Connection

    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 University

    Water University by Texas A&M University provides for the general public as well as numerous professional courses related to water conservation and water use efficiency.

    H2O Conserve

    Calculate your water footprint, along with learning over 75 water saving tips.

    How to Reduce your Bottled Water Footprint

    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.

    Take Care of Texas Water Conservation Tips

    Learn 10 easy conservation tips, along with rainwater harvesting information and conservation programs and resources.

    Texas Water Restrictions List

    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.

    Water IQ – Know Your Water

    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.


    Don’t Depend on Mother Nature

    Article from the Texas Forest Service with timely tips and information on saving your trees.


    Click here to determine which tank you need.

    To help calculate the size of water tank you need, Bushmans has created a tank calculator that allows you to input your water usage details and find the right tank for you.
  • Nationwide Resources

    American Community Gardening Association

    National membership organization promoting community gardens.

    The mission of everyone at 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.

    i-Tree: Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests

    i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.

    National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out

    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.

    Stop Junk Mail

    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!

    U.S. Green Building Council

    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.

  • State Initiatives

    Arbor Day

    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.

    Don’t mess with Texas

    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 Texas

    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.

    Earth 911

    Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention, and how help protect the environment.

    Green Event Toolkit

    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.

    Make an Environmental Complaint

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is available 24 hours every day to receive complaints under its jurisdiction.

    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.

    Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)

    SEPA is a resource for non-profits that offers information about solar technologies, policies and programs.

    Take Care of Texas

    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.

    Texas Downtown Association

    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.

    Texas Forest Service

    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.

    Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center (TIDRC)

    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.

    Texas Main Street Program

    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.

    Texas Solar Energy Society

    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.

    Texas Tree Planting Guide

    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.

    Waste Management “Cover Your Load”

    Waste Management and Don’t Mess with Texas participate every summer in a public education campaign to remind area residents to “cover your load” when bringing unwanted debris to area landfills to prevent accidental litter.

  • Youth Resource Library

    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.

    Educational Resources
    For educators looking to enhance their classroom offerings.

    Environmental Books
    This compilation of youth books addressing environmental topics.

    Green Games and Activities
    An assortment of interactive and educational games available to engage students of all ages.

    School Gardens
    Information on school gardens, including grant opportunities.

    Youth and Education Grants
    Resources for financial assistance for youth programs.


    Through funding from H-E-B and Central Market, the Youth Resource Library grant program provides $15,000 in funding to implement new youth-based education programming for grades K-12. All Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates in Good Standing are eligible to apply for this grant program, regardless of location.

    Grant Benefits

    • The minimum grant award is $250, and the maximum award is $1,000.
    • Additional support: press release, webinar training, templates to assist with seeking additional funding, general administrative assistance.


    • Eligible applicants for stipends will be KTB affiliates in Good Standing affiliate status.
    • Identified educational setting where program will be implemented prior to receiving grant.
    • While not a requirement, affiliates are strongly encouraged to partner with local school, youth groups, H-E-B stores, recreational venues, government agencies and/or community organizations. Multiple projects in a community may be funded, but a separate application must be received for each distinct project.


    • Programs must be selected from the Youth Resource Library.
    • Programs must be implemented and/or completed (if applicable) by end of October 2015.
    • If total program costs exceed grant amount, the program can be completed using other sources of funding. Please note, however, the program must be implemented
    • Engage local schools and other youth groups in project.
    • Create sustainability plan to continue program without KTB funding.
    • Participate in an informational webinar about programs.
    • Track the educational meeting and events that take place regarding program.
    • Share project implementation, results and best practices at a session during the KTB annual conference in 2016 (not required).
    • Provide Progress Report, Final Report and Share-A-Project.

    Evaluation Process

    Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. All decisions made by the judges are final. Grant allocations will be determined by scope of service.

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    These successful programs were shared by KTB affiliates. Lesson plans have been created for each program, along with TEKS correlation. The programs are available to utilize in both formal and information educational settings.

    Beautification/Community Greening


    Submitted by Keep North Richland Hills Beautiful
    Grade Level: 3-5

    • To build a Junior Master Naturalist Program
    • To promote a love of gardening and develop and appreciation for the environment
    • To educate youth on the benefits of gardening, plants and healthy nutrition

    This program was designed to engage Junior Master Gardener (JMG) students in horticultural and environmental concepts by exposing students to community gardeners, scientists, and college/high school students who offer expertise. The program focuses on sustainability, beautification, litter prevention, water conservation, and waste reduction.

    The Germinators Activity Guide


    Submitted by Keep Rowlett Beautiful
    Grade Level: any, 6-12

    • To design and build a demonstration garden
    • To strengthen community partnerships
    • To sustain a community garden

    This program was designed to create a demonstration garden that exemplifies native, adaptive, and drought tolerant plants of Texas. Beautification, conservation, and strengthened community partnerships are achieved through the planning, implementation and long-term stewardship of a demonstration garden.

    Demonstration Garden Activity Guide

    Litter Prevention/Recycling


    Submitted by Angelina Beautiful/Clean
    Grade Level: 3-5
    Students will define decomposition and biodegradation, identify products that are biodegradable, put products in order of their decomposition rate, and recognize trash items that can be recycled or reused in order to reduce our landfill usage.

    This activity was designed to educate students about trash, littering, and making positive choices about waste disposal. The lesson includes an introduction discussion and a hands-on activity, followed by a closing discussion on waste reduction and responsible habits.

    Trash Timeline Activity Guide

    Recycling/Waste Reduction








    Submitted by Keep Mesquite Beautiful
    Grade Level: K-12
    To challenge the way people think about trash and to engage the public in creative uses of waste.

    This program was designed to challenge the public to think about trash in different ways. It is open to participants age kindergarten through college and beyond. The show brings costumes made from trash and recyclable material to a runway show held at a town center, preferably a mall. The 2014 theme, “The Great Big Spooky-Wooky Recycled Costume Contest,” challenged people to pre-plan for their Halloween costumes while preserving the environment. Contestants make a costume from mostly recycled or recyclable materials, and model it in a runway style fashion show. Winners in each age category received a $50 prize; a Best of Show prize for $100 is given to the highest overall score. This year, for the first time ever, groups are invited to participate in the show. A business or civic group may enter a costume that advertises the business’s recycling or environmental efforts.



    Submitted by Keep Sugar Land Beautiful
    Grade Level: 6-12

    • To develop high school student environmental leaders
    • To strengthen school environmental programs
    • To engage more high school students in KTB affiliate programs and events

    This program was designed to create youth environmental leaders through advisory board service. A prospective student completes an application and personal interview before being chosen as a member of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Students meet monthly with the member affiliate’s Executive Director. These meetings function as opportunities to learn about program development, governmental regulations, and partnership opportunities. As board members, students brainstorm, share ideas, and problem solve, while being mentored for leadership responsibilities. Each year, current members develop or select a project to complete as a board. Additionally, students work with the ED to prepare and lead presentations for scouts, elementary, and middle school students. They may also volunteer at exhibits and outreach events or work behind the scenes with event preparation. Field trips may also be arranged to teach advisory members about water surface treatment plants, recycling, litter prevention, clean water, sustainability, reforestation, and other “green” programs. Overall, this program promotes youth leadership development and builds confident, knowledgeable stewards of sustainability.


    Water Conservation

    Submitted by Angelina Beautiful/Clean
    Grade Level: 6-12
    Students will make connections between water saving techniques and the estimated amount of water saved through these specific conservation techniques. Students will match the correct water saving technique with the amount of water saved.

    This is an activity designed to introduce vocabulary and methods for water conservation.

    Water Wisdom Activity Guide

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