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?


We protect plants.

The Native Plant Center was established to provide a local source of native plants and preserve coastal plant ecosystems. In our shade cloth nursery we grow plants to support butterflies and bees, fish in our waters and birds in our trees, to stabilize our coastlines, our beaches and dunes, and our ability to rebound from catastrophic coastal monsoons. With your support, we will add an ecotourism venue and botanical garden bringing new visitors to the island. The Native Plant Center is an advocate for sustainable plant management and care—a voice that was previously missing on the island—and we need your support to continue our vital work.

NPC Live!

Site Plan

Help us build our botanical garden by sponsoring a garden or an exhibit.

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Take Action

Help us preserve plant life on South Padre Island. We are introducing proper pruning guidelines to prevent the loss of palms, a signature plant for South Padre Island and our region. We have advanced new policies to prevent mature plant loss and saved over seventy plants ourselves. But, we need your help to do more. There are so many ways to get involved.

Special Report: silence of the palms

a story of slow death and a plead for life

Join Us At Our Next Fundraising Event

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Chrisgiving Eve!

Join us for our second annual Chrisgiving Eve Gala on November 29 at the Native Plant Center for an evening of gourmet food, live music, seasonal libations, tarot readings, bonfires, poetry and more…

T’was weeks before Christmas, Thanksgiving had past,

No parties before us, we were lost and aghast,

That nothing was planned for Chrisgiving Eve.

How could we make our peeps believe?

How would we be merry, how could we cope,

Without hope of a glimpse of the elusive Jackalope?

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Sponsors Needed

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.

Past Events

November 29th | 6:30—10:30

Plant of the Month

Plant of the Month is a series on the plants we carry or showcase at the Native Plant Center. More summaries coming soon!

Life @ the Native Plant Center