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Native Plant Gardening Workshop and Plant Sale at Emporia State

Help make the outdoors BEEautiful as we share the importance of our native plants and pollinators!

Join us for Science Saturday at the Prophet Aquatic Research and Outreach Center (PAROC) at Emporia State University for a native plant sale and a hands-on workshop about how and why to garden with native plants. This event will be held on Saturday, May 7th with the native gardening presentation from 9 am to 10 am and the plant sale will be held following the workshop from 10 am to 12 pm. We are so excited to offer this morning of native plant celebration in Emporia!

We’ll begin the morning with a presentation that covers how to incorporate native prairie plants into yard and garden spaces, and how these actions help support wildlife and pollinators. Pending inclement weather, we’ll host this presentation outdoors with the native plant gardens of PAROC providing an excellent backdrop and learning space. In addition to the presentation, we invite you to help us expand the native plant gardens at PAROC by planting in more plants. Staff and volunteers will have the additional garden space prepped and ready to go, but we need your help to get lots of plants into the ground. This is a great way to practice your gardening skills and contribute to cultivating an educational space.

Following the workshop, we welcome you to shop our selection of 23 species of native plants that will be available for purchase. Click the button below for the list of plants that will be for sale!


All plants will be $4 each. We will be able to accept cash, check, or card payments. No preorders will be available for this sale in Emporia. We also encourage you to bring your own box to carry your plants home in.

Please email Kaitlyn at with any questions that you have about this event.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

9 am- 12 pm

 At the Prophet Aquatic Research and Outreach Center 

601 E 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801


More about the PAROC

The Prophet Aquatic Research and Outreach Center (PAROC) is an on-campus facility that provides hands-on learning opportunities at Emporia State University. The PAROC expands Emporia State’s ability to educate the public about the importance of water and aquatic environments and expand the opportunity for students and teachers to research aquatic organisms. To learn about this organization and other events at PAROC, visit

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