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.Tree Campus K–12 inspires the next generation of tree stewards through experiences that bring the benefits of trees to life both inside and outside the classroom. The program fosters positive connections between youth and the trees in their community and cultivates within its participants a lifelong respect for trees on a global scale.Here’s a great family pastime you can do while staying safe at home. Download the mini Don’t mess with Texas Activity book and help Darrel the Barrel keep Texas colorful and clean. Teachers can even order a pack for their classroom.A network of organizations and individuals who want to reconnect children and families with nature for a healthier, happier and smarter Texas!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.Nature filled school grounds where children and families play and learn outdoors enhance community healthThe Center for Green Schools works with school decision makers, community volunteers, and leaders to drive progress.A green schools program combining effective green management of school grounds, facilities and curriculum.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.Information on a range of environmental topics, as well as the environmental laws and regulations.TDA’s statewide Farm to School initiative provides Texas schools with helpful resources for building relationships with local farms.The CPF Institute supports educators and increases their capacity to involve students in investigating natural phenomena, solving problems, and making a difference.A nationwide program for schools and students that helps make recycling easy, fun, and rewarding.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.A program that rewards recycling and sustainability education, as well as providing feedback on personal habits.An educational program that empowers students and teachers to help the environment.This program provides educators with lesson plans on climate change to educate students about sustainability.This program educates students about energy efficiency through project-based curriculum, saving energy in schools and building pathways to green jobs.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.”A program to inspire schools and education institutions to reduce environmental impact and teach sustainability practices.Inspire students to take responsibility for improving the environment at their school, home and in their community.Learn more about how Keep Brownsville Beautiful organizes their Youth Advisory Board, what duties are required, and what the board does.
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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Becky Schuerman ChoiBecky Schuerman Choi is a Live Green in Plano Volunteer who is talking the sustainability talk, and literally walking the sustainability walk. Walking is Becky’s preferred method of transportation, and she also enjoys picking up litter along the way. Since 2017 Becky has collected approximately 7,280 pounds of litter and continues to do so today. Additionally, since becoming a Recycling Ambassador with Live Green in Plano, Becky has made it a priority to educate neighbors, students, teachers and members of her church about waste reduction and recycling. Becky is making a difference everyday in the Plano community.
Judy Dorsett - Keep Blanco Beautiful Beautification Chair
Judy is one of the founding members of Keep Blanco Beautiful (KBB) and chairs the beautification committee. She also served as the treasurer until January 2019. Judy has a passion for gardening and is a certified Master Gardener. As the chair of the beautification committee and an avid gardener, Judy has brought many projects to life in her 20 years of serving with KBB. Judy also has her own column called “How does your Garden Grow” in the local newspaper that focuses on planting, gardening, and beautification. In 2017, KBB began working on the Town Creek Riparian Restoration project and once again Judy stepped up to help. Judy is well-loved by the Blanco community and her dedication to KBB is inspiring.
McMurry University Women's InterclubMcMurry University Women's Interclub has adopted the same street for the past 10 years. Students have come and gone from the university and the club but their leader, Ronda Hoelscher, has kept the club going and has maintained committed to keeping our community clean, teaming servant leadership and getting students involved in this community as volunteers during their school career.
The Hale FamilyMarcia Hale and her son Brandon plant the planters and haul water almost daily in the Cisco Downtown area. In addition, Marcia's husband, Donald, has helped haul water for the last 3 years from a water well 10 miles away while the water plant was being rebuilt after a flood and only limited outdoor watering was allowed. This family contributes to making Cisco beautiful every day, and that is why they are the volunteers of the month.
The Middleton GirlsThe Middleton girls are a hard-working group of three sisters from Kennedale, Texas. With land on Sublett Road that's been in their family for over 200 years, the Middleton girls take pride in this area. Together they participate in adopt-a-spot, adopting the entire length of Sublett from Kennedale city limit to Kennedale Parkway. They dedicate every Monday to get out and ensure that this miles-long stretch continues to be the cleanest road in town. Proud of their home and city, they are active sponsors of Keep Kennedale Beautiful and the Adopt-A-Spot Program.
Ricardo Santos has served the community of Cleburne for many years and has served as the president of Keep Cleburne Beautiful. In addition to organizing KCB monthly meetings, he encouraged his employer, Johns Manville (JM), to increase their level of giving. His fundraising efforts led to JM's sponsorship of the Buffalo Creek Cleanup t-shirt and sponsorship of other important events. Ricardo is hardworking, committed and a teamplayer. He has played a major role in KCB's success.
Kelly Richards has been silently cleaning the trails in Grapevine for years. After recently becoming present on social media to bring attention to Keep Grapevine Beautiful efforts, she was recognized as the 2017 Rookie Volunteer of the Year. Kelly regularly picks up trash around Grapevine and promotes her efforts on social media. An avid hiker and runner, Kelly is passionate about the outdoors and believes that if everyone did their small part to pick-up, we could easily keep Texas beautiful.
Patty and Curly HanniPatti and Curly Hanni are a couple who is always willing to give their time and energy to the City of Tom Bean. They are often seen trimming trees and rose bushes around City Hall. They even decorate City Hall plants with wooden ornaments around Christmas time. They are very charitiable, always helping families in need and do their part to keep the community clean and beautiful.
Kenneth WinnOn most days, Kenneth can be found patroling the streets of Dallas, picking up litter where he can. For the past decade, Kenneth has been picking up trash in his Dallas neighborhood, in creek areas, vacant lots, and more. He's garnered local newstation attention and has been feautured in a City of Dallas documentary. At 74 years of age, Kenneth is full of energy and always working to keep his community clean and beautiful.
Diane GiltnerDiane has served on the Board of Missouri City Green for over 7 years and has brought a range of skill, and experience to the role. She gives 100% commitment and dedication to her work with Missouri City Green. She is a great role model to her peers and always steps up to help any new program and rises to every challenge she faces. On the many occasions Diane has been approached with only a vague idea of what Missouri City Green want to do, she took the initiative to figure out what we needed and brought the team together to deliver an excellent project. An example of this is how she approaches the Electronic Recycling Event each year. She collaborates with all the key people and finds creative ways to manage the challenge of delivering this very valuable community event.
Tim HairTim Hair is a Landscape Architect who was looking to get involved in his new community when he and his wife moved to Midland, Texas in 2013. He joined the Keep Midland Beautiful TreeKeepers group after reading about it in a newspaper article. Tim has been instrumental in starting and supporting new initiatives and creating new partnerships in the community that enhance the work of the TreeKeepers committee. His major achievements as Chairman of the committee include helping to create a new partnership program with community schools. Tim Hair has been an exceptional leader who has reenergized and reengaged the TreeKeepers committee in the community.
Cedric RobinsonCedric Robinson is an example of leadership for everyone in the Emory community. Everyday Cedric takes a walk along the highway and picks up any litter he can find. Without being asked to, he dedicates time every single day to help keep the community he loves clean and healthy. Cedric exemplifies the sprit of volunteerism!
Brenda NewtonBrenda cares for the Earth and animals the same way she does humans. Brenda has faithfully served Angelina County by participating in a wide variety of programs such as litter cleanups, recycling programs, and hazardous waste collection. She embodies the passion and selflessness of volunteers around the country!
Jonell RobertsJonell Roberts has a "volunteer spirit." She takes daily walks around the City Park in Haskell and picks up trash. Her day-by-day efforts is a huge part of what keeps the park clean. Roberts is also an active member of the community. She serves on the city council, she sits on a beautification committee for efforts around Haskell, and attends events, cleanups and meetings for Keep Haskell Beautiful. Her efforts are a great example of how big a difference one person can make in the community.
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 drives her to improve the community in many ways from parks to economics. She serves on the board of many community organizations and opens her home to many for parties and get togethers. 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 in the spring of 2017. Pruitt contacted KGB to let them know he would pick up litter as he took his daily two-mile walk. 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!
Volunteer ResourcesOnline tool to advertise volunteer opportunities. Basic membership is FREE.
- Tree City USA is greening communities across the country. This program is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of an urban tree canopy and improve care of these vital city trees.Texas SmartScape™ is helping to promote education on pollution prevention through efficient and effective water use for the benefit of our citizens.The Native Plant Society of Texas wants to protect our state’s native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations. We are a non-profit organization, run by volunteers, sponsoring educational programs, workshops, demonstration gardens and many other types of projects.
The most comprehensive database of native plants for North AmericaAsk Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.You can help create a greener, healthier, cooler Earth.Search our in-depth invasives database for information about invasive plants, observations of invasive species reported by citizen scientists, or to map invasive species in Texas.These resources examine the performance of green infrastructure in:
- reducing pollutant discharge to receiving waters,
- removing air pollutants, and
- reducing energy use.
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. TCEQ also offers resources to help you report illegal dumping issues with their Don't mess with Texas Water program. The program works to help prevent illegal dumping that could contaminate surface waters in Texas. They work with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and participating communities to place signs on major highway water crossings that notify drivers of a toll-free number to call to report illegal dumping.
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
Featured ContentGuest Blog: Sure-Fire Ways to Save Water Around the House
The Future of Texas Water
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.