Non-profit organization with independent 501(c)(3) status

Theodore Payne Foundation

Theodore Payne Foundation inspires and educates Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological importance of California native plant landscapes.


5 Submitted Ideas

  • LEARN ·2023 Grants Challenge

    California Native Plant Teacher Toolkit

    Theodore Payne Foundation's Teacher Toolkit will consist of teaching materials for K-12 students, to promote CA native plants in schools across the city. This program will support enhanced STEAM education and utilize experiential learning (both indoors and outdoors) to meaningful develop students' relationship with the natural world. By providing this programming, we empower young Angelenos to make choices that directly impact conservation of water, biodiversity and the overall health of Los Angeles.

  • LIVE ·2022 Grants Challenge
    🎉 Winner

    Climate-Ready Native Plant Landscaper Training

    Our California Native Plant Landscaper Certificate Program (CNPLC) is a bilingual (English and Spanish) job-training program for landscape professionals developed and taught by California’s leading native plant experts. By providing this training to landscapers, we help grow independent businesses while enabling residents of Los Angeles County to save water, restore habitats, and bring the unique beauty of the natural world into our towns, cities, and homes.

  • PLAY ·2019 Grants Challenge
    🎉 Finalist

    City of Butterflies / Cuidad de Mariposas

    City of Butterflies / Cuidad de Mariposas empowers children to become environmental stewards who make their communities safer, more life sustaining, and playful by planting butterfly gardens to enjoy with their families and neighbors. Youth will develop a relationship with the natural world while learning how native California plants support butterflies and activate vacant space with color, fragrance, and life.

  • LIVE ·2016 Grants Challenge

    Grow Local: Plant Native! Youth advocacy for sustainable landscapes at LA Public Housing

    Grow Local: Plant Native! Theodore Payne Foundation, LA Housing Authority and Boys & Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor partner to reshape LA for a sustainable future, lush with native plants for all.

  • CONNECT ·2015 Grants Challenge

    Landscaping for Resilience: Ecologic and Social transformation with the Theodore Payne Foundation

    Landscaping for Resilience brings people together to change their neighborhoods through installing and maintaining public native plant gardens. People connect over their shared desire for pubic green space and a richer and more rewarding urban environment. LFR provides environmental and social benefits, demonstrating how communities, government agencies, and non-profits can work together to enhance green space and create skill sets for positive environmental change within Los Angeles County.