Plants are the basis of our life on South Padre Island.
Plants protect our beaches from storm damage, our coastlines from erosion, and our water from pollution. They provide essential habitat for birds, fish and wildlife that draw visitors and preserve the uniqueness of coastal region. These visitors are an economic lifeline for our island—they rent our condos and beach homes, stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, and support our economy. We’re connected to plants through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and medicines they provide.
But what do we do to protect plant ecosystems we depend on?
Help complete our development by sponsoring a garden or exhibit from the Vision Board.
We have completed our initial build-out thanks to our Founding Sponsors Cameron County CIAP, Ocean Trust and Bonefish Grill.
Now, we need your help to complete our development so that we can open and contribute to our community. Please consider a sponsorship with naming recognition for the following items privately or through your company.
Featuring the native and coastal plants of South Padre Island — $12,500
Uniquely centered above a national water dome and small vortex to engage the spirit; with a cascading water feature & lighting — $5,000
SPI aquatic fish and plant display — $10,000
Sabal palm, spanish dagger, etc. — $12,500
Rainwater collection roofing & irrigation — $5,000
Augmented Reality (AR) interactive experience of the coastal ecosystem, like those of the Bahia Grande and Laguna Madre — $10,000
Outdoor wetland ponds & fountain — $12,500
Outdoor learning and event center — $50,000
We Have Plants For Sale!
Come visit us to find even more plants! This is an abbreviated list (more coming soon).
Join Us 2019 Events
Quick 60-second updates for 2019 coming soon.
For now, check out a few posts from the days leading up to our Chrisgiving Eve celebration in December.
Teebs, the caretaker of the Native Plant Center, gives an introduction to the latest nonprofit, ecotourist destination on South Padre Island. NPC is a plant refuge & nursery (with plants for sale!), a botancial garden, a spiritual sanctuary and meditative labyrinth, and a music/arts venue with more to come with your help! Become a sponsor or donate your time or financial support to bring to life the grand vision of preserving life on the island.
Courtesy of Little Bird of Expressyourmess.com
Courtesy of Art Mendoza, Accomplice Entertainment
A celestial celebration of the 2018 Summer Solstice with bonfire and an evening of stargazing with our friends from the South Padre Island Astronomy Club. — @spiastronomyclub
Video production: HAHAsHERE Productions (special thanks to John-David Forsyth!)
Our first bonfire & improv music night at the Native Plant Center on South Padre Island.
Aarin Hartwell — fire spinner
Jennifer Mulhern (Jenuine Cello) — cello
Sherry Katz — bass
Ken Zoric — harmonica
and The Ultraviolet Fever Band!
Scott Taylor with help from Teebs — editing
Join The Journey
Buy an engraved paver to support the NPC. Make a mark in our garden.
We are always open to exploring projects & sponsorships with other organizations.
We rescue native plants on the island to maintain the ecosystem and preserve our lives here.
Donate to help finish our exhibits and public botanical garden so that we can give back to the community.
There are hundreds of ways to help us preserve native plant life on South Padre Island.
Join us events throughout the year like Chrisgiving Eve, Earth Day, Midsummers Eve, Hallo-Wings and more!
Join our sponsorship program and support new exhibitions at the Native Plant Center.
Come take the walk and feel the unique, magnetized energy on our land.
Plant of the Month
Plant of the Month is a series on plants we carry and promote at the Native Plant Center. More summaries coming soon!
Resources & Links
Cameron County Master Gardener - A 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and charitable entity that trains individuals in the science and art of gardening in partnership with the AgriLife Extension Service (https://txmg.org/cameron/).
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Inspiring the conservation of native plants through our gardens, research, education, consulting and outreach programs (www.wildflower.org).
Texas Master Naturalists - Providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas (https://txmn.org).
Benito Trevino: Preserving Our Culture - On the medicinal use of native plants in South Texas (59 mins.) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjpXkuFi3oM).