STEP 1: Take the 9 Natives Challenge:
Coastal Prairie Partnership, Katy Prairie Conservancy, and NPAT - Houston Chapter would like to welcome you to the 9 Natives Challenge. The 9 Natives Challenge is designed to get folks thinking about and designing simple prairie gardens composed of just nine species of coastal prairie natives.
Contestants are asked to download the Official 9 Natives Spreadsheet below. The spreadsheet contains 52 natives species that are potential candidates for a 9 natives garden. Contestants are asked to research the fifty species and to winnow their list down to just 9 Natives - using a maximum of four species of grasses.
Contestants will use their 9 Natives to sketch a simple garden design using the Official 9 Natives Design Template below. The goal is to create a simple garden that will meet the following criteria:
Contestants species list/design will be judged on how well their concept meets the criteria above.
What will you need to compete in this challenge?
STEP 2: Download and complete these materials
Contestants are asked to delete all species on their spreadsheet except for the 9 Natives that they have selected in designing their garden. Contestants must completely fill out blank information on their spreadsheet for each of the 9 Natives before submitting their list (including any wildlife food value-see LBJ Wildflower Center link below). Contestants should feel free to print out the Design Template and hand draw a bird's eye view of their garden design (see template for details and example)
STEP 3: Submit your challenge materials
STEP 4: Learn who won and get involved in helping us test designs
Good online references
See the species