Native Plant Nursery
Enhancing Plant Communities
The work done at the Alton Baker Native Plant Nursery (NPN) protects and enhances the diversity of native plant communities within the City of Eugene natural areas and restoration sites by producing genetically local native plant material. It provides the community an opportunity to learn about the value of native plants through volunteer activities and internship opportunities.
The Native Plant Nursery was built in 2006 and operations began in earnest in 2007. The first few years were spent in getting seed beds up and running, collecting and sowing seeds for grow-out to plugs, setting up the seed shed for the cleaning and storage of seeds, and working with volunteers to assist in all aspects of nursery production and operations. Out of that strong ground work, the program has continued to successfully produce plant material for City of Eugene natural areas.
Into the Wild
In 2018, 13 City-owned natural areas received plant material grown at the Native Plant Nursery.
Yield by the numbers:
- 33 pounds of seed were harvested in 2018
- 3,500 individual plants of 52 species are being grown
- 2,000 plants were sown in fall of 2017 and spring of 2018
The Native Plant Nursery is primarily run by volunteer community members who are actively participating in the full cycle of habitat restoration. Volunteers help with a variety of duties, including: all methods of plant propagation and maintenance, grounds maintenance, infrastructure construction, and seed collection and cleaning.
Join us every Friday for a volunteer work party from 1 pm - 4 pm with Kelsey Irvine, Native Plant Volunteer Coordinator. See the calendar of events for more volunteer opportunities.
Native Plant Nursery interns are volunteers that assist the Native Plant Nursery Technician with some of the more technical aspects of nursery operations. Read a full description of the position here.
Students interested in the Native Plant Nursery Internship should email a resume and cover letter describing how this internship fits with their educational/career goals to Kelsey Irvine.
538 Day Island Rd, within Alton Baker Park