In March, the Climate Action Now! team heard a presentation about the Homegrown National Park movement, which is a collective effort of individual homeowners, property owners, land managers, farmers, and anyone with some soil to plant in…to create healthy habitat by planting native plants and removing invasive plants. Many of us are already reaping the benefits of “growing native” in our own yards—replacing turf grass with native sedges and flowers in order to provide habitat for pollinators, birds and other wildlife, managing storm water run-off, and sequestering carbon. But what’s happening at the Ethical Society, our “home away from home”? Is there a practical way for us to permanently eradicate the honeysuckle on our grounds and to begin to replace turf grass with native shrubs, trees, and perennials?
This month, join the CAN! Team and our Building Manager, Joe Koepke, for a brief tour of the Ethical Society’s grounds and a discussion of the desirability and feasibility of transforming some of those grounds into a conservation corridor. How might we go about doing that? What would be required in terms of funding and person-power to design, install and maintain (for the long term) native gardens where we currently have turf grass? Could we develop a multiyear plan with the goal of adding the Ethical Society of St. Louis to the Homegrown National Park map? Let’s talk about it.
CAN! Team and Joe Koepke, building manager.
Suggested Actions for CAN!
- Volunteer to help the Society’s environmental impact and enhance its native garden efforts.
- “If I were able to give my 10 year old self one piece of advice about conservation, what would it be? This is a deeper question than I am used to answering, but I was surprised when the answer popped into my head immediately. I would tell my young self to not only think about preserving pristine habitats, but also consider returning nature to the many places from which we have expelled Her.”
Biodiversity Day reading
These materials have been prepared by the Society’s CAN! (Climate Action Now!) team. This post and its links do not express or imply an endorsement by the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.