Metro's Native Plant Center provides an essential supply of rare native seeds and plant stock to support Metro's restoration projects.
Metro’s Native Plant Center, located near Wanker’s Corner in Tualatin, provides an essential supply of rare native seeds and plant stock to support Metro’s restoration projects.
In its first year more than 4,650 native trees and shrubs grown at the plant center went into the ground at ten different Metro natural areas. A long-term goal of the project is to be able to share stock and seeds with other organizations working on restoration throughout the region.
At targeted natural areas around the region, Metro’s restoration work is aimed at reestablishing rare but vital habitat types that once thrived throughout the Willamette Valley. Often the native plant materials needed to do the job are hard to come by. Commercial stock can be unavailable, insufficient or too expensive and, at times, the genetics and collection practices are in question.
Each season brings new volunteer opportunities at the Native Plant Center. From constructing propagation beds to collecting seeds and maintaining plant stock, from organized Saturday work parties to employee sponsored volunteer workdays and solo projects; volunteers are integrated into all aspects of the center's operations. There's a volunteer opportunity waiting for you that's a match for your time availability and interests. Learn more
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Want to? Learn to ID flowers by their seed heads as a volunteer seed scout for Metro’s Native Plant Center. You’ll hunt for rare plants at Metro natural areas, helping preserve a healthy ecosystem for fish, wildlife and people. Don’t miss this opportunity – training starts in March! Learn more
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