Native Plant Walks


Jorge, our conservation biologist, pauses to explain
the native plants found in Fort Dupont Park

AWS periodically offers Native Plant walks along with the Maryland Native Plant Society. Along the walks, botanists and conservationists from both organizations will educate you on native flora and natural history of the region. These walks are a great chance to learn about native plants and animals and see what AWS is doing to conserve and restore the native populations. Check out the calendar of events to see upcoming walks!

Why are native plants important?

A native plant occurs in a certain area naturally without influence of humankind. It is so important to keep plants native because they are members of a balanced ecosystem. They are easily adaptive to the environment and require minimal maintenance. This lessens the need for fertilizers and pesticides that are harmful to our environment. They are also important to preserve the natural cycle of local ecosystems. Native plants have naturally occurring predators. Other indigenous species depend on native plants for food, shelter, and habitat consistency. Native plants keep the balance of the ecosystem and provide the region with necessary resources. Preservation of native plants will promote biodiversity and regional characteristics in nature.

Types of native plants

      
Native Plant, Goldenrod, Fort Dupont Park       Native Plant, Flowers of Devil Walking Stick,
                                                                                   
Fort Dupont Park    

There are hundreds of plants native to our area ranging from large trees, to shrubs, flowers, and ferns. The links below contains a list of native plants local to the Anacostia's watershed. Take a look to be able to identify native plants in your area.

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