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Plant Protection Program

View of Black Hills showing trees recently killed by mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Photo credit: Chris M Morris,, CC BY 2.0

The Plant Protection Program encompasses a variety of activities and resources that engage public gardens in forest health protection and plant conservation. Click on any of the following links to learn more about how your garden can participate!

Educational Outreach: Use our interpretive signs and plant labels to enhance the experiential learning opportunity that your garden provides and educate visitors about a wide variety of topics related to forest health, invasive species and plant conservation.

Plant Heroes Youth Program: A valuable resource for public garden professionals, parents and teachers looking for innovative ways to educate young learners about the importance of plants and engage them in protecting forest health.

Sentinel Plant Network: Scouting resources, diagnostic support and educational materials to help public gardens stop serious pests and diseases by working on the front lines of early detection and engaging community members as citizen scientists!