Kids in Native Gardens
Kids in Native Gardens Grant Program
The Sacramento Valley Chapter runs the Kids in Native Gardens (KING) reimbursable grant program, which is designed to help children learn about and recognize some of their local native plants through hands-on experience in their school or community garden. As children get to know native plants in their garden, they also observe the insects, birds, and mammals that recognize these plants as home or food. Children will watch their native garden come alive with native bees, butterflies, and birds!
To date, twenty-eight elementary schools and twelve community gardens have taken advantage of our chapter’s grant program, investing almost $5,000 in our public landscapes. The following is from Reverend Peter Rodgers, garden coordinator at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Antelope.
How It Works
Make sure that your site is within the SacValley Chapter’s geographic area, which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, lower Placer, and northern San Joaquin Counties. Then submit the KING Application. Once your application is approved, the chapter will reimburse you $100 when you purchase California native plants.
These plants can be purchased at the SacValley Chapter plant sales, at another CNPS chapter plant sale, or at the various native plant nurseries in the Sacramento Valley area. You can explore the plants that our chapter grows by viewing our plant lists, including lists for theme gardens, and planting advice.
For questions about the program, please contact Jennifer Hogan, Sacramento Valley CNPS School Gardens Chair and KING Coordinator.