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Growing Native Plants

Photo Source: University of Georgia Extension
Photo Source: University of Georgia Extension

The longleaf pine ecosystem is among the most biodiverse regions in the country, and the majority of that diversity is in plant species. You could consider planting and raising plant species found in the longleaf ecosystem in your schoolyard. You could observe the plants as they grow, collect seeds for growing more or distribution, and maybe even transplant adult plants back into the longleaf forest. Native plants are important for attracting pollinator and bird species that depend on the fruits, nectar, and seeds of these plants for survival.

Factors to Consider:

  • Space and conditions to grow plants
  • Access to plants or seeds
  • Plan for plant care over time


Helpful Resources

Native Plant Database

Find the flower species native to your region, and sources for ordering them, through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center database


Botanique is a specialty nursery and resource specializing in carnivorous plants. Check out their selection of pitcher plants, sundews, etc., as well as good suggestions for how to take care of them.

SDG wheel

Supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’s) are a list of projects and actions that all countries can take on to improve their economies and reduce poverty while also protecting the planet. If you choose this project for your Quest, you are helping pursue the goals listed below:


Supporting Drawdown Solutions

Drawdown Solutions are a list of actions and technologies that draw down carbon from the atmosphere and benefit people and communities at the same time. By choosing this project for your Quest, you will be helping decrease carbon in our atmosphere in the following ways: