Everyone can join in with activities to celebrate Pennsylvania Native Species Day! You may have your own great ideas. If you'd like some suggestions, check these out.
Activities for educators, farmers, community organizations, businesses, government offices, and residents
- Highlight to your community the multi-functional streambank buffer of native nuts and berries on your farm. Or plant one! Learn how.
- Have a farm stand? Highlight your native species.
- Host or attend a community walk-and-talk on a native plant or tree and the invasive non-native species that are crowding it out.
- Plant a native-species flower, shrub, or tree in your yard.
- Organize a touch-free scavenger hunt for native trees or plants at summer camp.
- Learn about the Pennsylvania state symbols that are native plants and animals
- Give or join a boat tour on native fish and aquatic plants and insects: How many natives were in the lake or river 25 years ago compared to today?
- Give or attend a demonstration of boat/fishing gear cleaning to prevent spread of nonnative invasive aquatic plants and insects.
- Showcase native species at your retail garden center.
- Protect Pennsylvania native species by reporting locations taken over by nonnative invasive trees, fish, or plants: Here are ways to report invasive plants, fish, and other species.
- Organize or participate in an aquarium pet amnesty event in your town to help keep nonnative invasive species out of our waters– contact Sara Stahlman, at Pennsylvania Sea Grant: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Own a restaurant or pub with outdoor seating? Landscape with native plants and use signage to educate your patrons.
- Learn about the best way Pennsylvania could reduce nonnative invasives species: Proposed Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management
- Organize a native planting in your community, and sign up for PennDOT's Adopt and Beautify or Keystone Pollinator Habitat program for roadside signage
Planning an activity for Pennsylvania Native Species Day? Thank you! Please let us know, so we can share it here.
- Harrisburg University: Planting native species in a community garden project in Allison Hill neighborhood, Harrisburg, June 17
- Native Fish Coalition Pennsylvania Chapter: Native Fish Challenge, June 17
- PennDOT: Showcasing the start of native plantings with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and utility companies on 50 acres of right of way
- Pennsylvania Lake Management Society and Bucks County Conservation District: Hosting the PALMS "CD3" mobile station at Peace Valley Park, Doylestown, for boaters to clean, drain, and dry their watercraft and dispose of debris to prevent the spread of invasive species, June 17
- Longwood Gardens: Activities highlighting native species, June 17—details coming soon.
- Sharing on social: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy, Pike County Conservation District, Schuylkill County Conservation District, United School District
- Pennsylvania is home to diverse native species of plants, insects, fish, birds, and mammals that originated thousands of years ago and thrive in mutual dependence.
- Our native ecosystem provides natural resources for many Pennsylvania industries, including agricultural food production, recreation, fisheries, and timber.
- Native species are declining in Pennsylvania. Proliferation of nonnative invasive species = no room for native species.
- We need to take action to sustain Pennsylvania's native species; we can't take them for granted.
- As worldwide human commerce and travel have expanded, nonnative invasive plants, insect, fish, and pathogens have expanded.
- Climate change also increases nonnative invasive species growth.
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Hashtags and social media posts
#PANativeSpeciesDay, #PANativePlants, #PANativeFish
Social media posts
Looking for posts to share on social? Try these with our graphics or other images.
Invasive nonnatives now make up 37% of Pennsylvania's wild plant population. That's a big bite out of our native ecosystems and biodiversity. #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
There are 2,100 native plants, trees, shrubs, and vines in Pennsylvania, according to the state Bureau of Forestry—and they're essential for diverse habitats and food sources for wildlife. #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
Be in the native web: When you plant native flowers, shrubs, and trees, you boost biodiversity by promoting richer food-webs. #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
Terrible party guests: Invasive nonnative plants show up too early and they're pushy. They often emerge earlier in the spring, reproduce rapidly, and push out native plants, shrinking habitats and food chains for native wildlife. #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
They go way back: Pennsylvania's native birds, bats, butterflies, moths, small mammals, bees, and more evolved along with our native plants over centuries. #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
That bites. Invasive nonnative plants provide little nutrition to native pollinators. #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
When there are no native plants, there'll be no pollinators. When there are no pollinators, there'll be no humans. #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
Deadly case of mistaken identity: The PA-native West Virginia White butterfly mistakes invasive nonnative garlic mustard plant for its host native plant, toothwort. When it lays eggs on garlic mustard, they can't hatch, because the chemical compounds needed for development aren't available. #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
A diverse mix of native trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, and warm-season grasses is much better than turf grass to keep soil and nutrients in place and provide food sources for native pollinators! #PANativeSpeciesDay #PANativePlants
Purple loosestrife is likely contributing to the decline of northern harriers in Pennsylvania. This invasive nonnative plant takes over the diverse wetland habitats that harriers depend on. #PANativeSpeciesDay
Non-native aquatic species decrease water quality, prey on native species, and limiting popular water recreation activities. #PANativeSpeciesDay
Twice as not nice: The hemlock woolly adelgid is killing eastern hemlocks, the Pennsylvania state tree. The loss of hemlocks, whose shade keeps streams cool, is threatening brook trout habitat, the PA state fish. #PANativeSpeciesDay
Press release template for your local event
If you plan to host a Pennsylvania Native Species Day activity in your community on June 17 and want to let local media know, we invite you to use this press release template.