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 healthAre you a teacher that teaches students about environmental issues? Then we have a kit just for you! It’s called a Teacher Nurdle Kit, and it has a curriculum for your students to learn about how plastics reach the ocean and all the materials needed for the teacher to explain the problems and solutions clearly.The 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.Asvini Thivakaran received the Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Award from KTBl in 2018 for her environmental efforts. She recently created and launched an environmental educational YouTube channel called E-Talk (short for Environmental Talk) to educate the public about environmental issues
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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Deborah HensonDeborah Henson is a consistent supporter of Keep Grapevine Beautiful's (KGVB) efforts and remains a staple at our community's heavily-visited lake parks, eliminating litter that is unsightly and harmful to the environment. Deborah can be found most mornings at one of the many lake parks that are located on the shores of Grapevine Lake. In 2020, Deborah volunteered over 700 hours and hauled out more than 8,000 pounds of litter from trails, parks and shoreline on her own. Deborah is a incredible example of volunteerism in the Grapevine community.
Pamela CookPamela can be found walking down Cemetery Road in Fort Davis, Texas in route to her daily destinations. But what makes her walks special is that there is always a trash bag in hand. Even during Pamela's day-to-day activities, she is always picking up Fort Davis roadsides. Pamela also organizes all of Keep Fort Davis Beautiful's community clean-ups. Rain or shine, Pamela motivates her friends and community members to get out and clean up. Fort Davis is a very small community so Pamela's efforts make a huge difference in the beautification of our quaint little town in the Davis Mountains.
Colleen Brooks and Paula RickeyColleen and Paula are a mother-daughter team that were concerned by the amount of litter on the access roads as traffic enters Salado. For two years, Colleen and Paula have spent several hours on the weekends "sweeping" the north and southbound side of Exit 285. On average, they collect 3-4 bags of litter, plus a few large items that fall from vehicles. For the 2021 Spring Sweep, they brought two truck beds full of trash! Keep Salado Beautiful estimates they have collected 450-500 bags of litter + 400 pounds of large items in their two years as Adopt-A-Spot sponsors.
Ron Martin and Woody Raine
Ron Martin and Woody Raine are volunteers with Keep Smithville Beautiful! They worked with the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to adopt Bastrop County roads last fall and have been diligently planning a Clean Street Sweep for the Smithville commmunity. They both also volunteer with the Smithville Recycling Center. Their backgrounds in waste management and science have made them keenly aware of the problems litter present and have allowed them both to help educate the community. They have helped with Clean Street Sweeps, the Annual Eco Festival, the Photo Festival, and more! Overall they are great ambassadors for the Smithville community.
Darrell Bailey and The Royal RangersDarrell Bailey is a volunteer with Keep Alvin Beautiful. While at Keep Alvin Beautiful, Darrell has been working with the Royal Rangers, a youth group at his church. Together they place flags at the Historic Train Depot for all flag holidays! All of Keep Alvin Beautiful appreciates their hardwork and admires how Darrell works to ensure youth are involved in their local community.
Garry and Janet EllisGarry and Janet Ellis have been volunteers with Keep Richwood Beautiful (KRB) for the past 14 years. In line with their passion for patriotism, the Ellis' have overseen thousands of flags placed along highways on Memioral Day, 4th of July, and Veterans Day. The two longtime Richwood residents led the committee responsible for creating Richie Raccoon, the KRB mascot, lead large landscaping projects, and participate in multiple strategic plans that help beautify the Richwood community. In addition to this, the Ellis' truly embody the KRB motto "Teach Them to Care," by educating hundreds of students on recycling. Garry and Janet are well-loved by the Richwood community and their passion for volunteerism is inspiring.
Priscilla Sanchez and The Mansfield Volunteer Program
The Mansfield Volunteer Program (MVP) began in 2015 in an effort to improve Code Compliance and assist homeowners who do not have the resources or capabilities to keep their homes in compliance. Priscilla Sanchez is the Volunteer Coordinator of these efforts and coordinates the projects and volunteers, going above and beyond to make stops to check on elderly residents, often with breakfast in hand. Priscilla maintains an impressive base of volunteers that has gained national and state-wide recognition. With over 10,000 annual volunteers, this program often produces over 55,000 annual volunteer hours, netting a value of approximately $1.5 million worth of sweat equity. From cleaning trash in parks and creeks to building ADA compliant ramps and rails, MVP focuses on improving the community as a whole and is a true community collaboration.
Aleena JosephAleena is passionate about the environment and the Sugar Land community. She is a member of the Keep Sugar Land Beautiful Youth Advisory Board currently serving her second term on our board. Aleena is always smiling and always eager to help. Aleena co-presented on a KTB webinar and served as a panelist for a session of the 2020 KTB Conference. Her personality, environmental passion, desire to make a difference, willingness to be a team player and star individual make her a very valuable volunteer.
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.
Volunteer Softwares & WebsitesOnline 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.
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.
Two minutes can make a difference. It's so easy to make a difference! Take two minutes out of your day to count and pickup bottles, or do a longer trash cleanup that will take 30-45 minutes. This quick action will provide Texas scientists this incredibly valuable information!
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.