Native Plant Rescue Squad is a non-profit status organization providing an innovative approach to a growing conservation movement in Tennessee. We educate about, advocate for, and conduct the rescue of native plants. The purpose of the rescue program is to relocate native plants that are in the direct path of development. Our work is a collaborative effort undertaken with land owners, developers and many hours of volunteer labor. Rescued plants are housed at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum until they are ready for planting at nature centers, parks, schools, public gardens and backyard habitats.
Plant rescues have involved Students from the University of Tennessee, the Birdhouse Community Center, Smoky Mountain Wild Ones, Knox County Stormwater Management, and many individuals throughout our community. Check out the "Volunteer" menu to get involved and learn more.
If you know of a site that might be available for rescue, click on the report a new site link to give us the information and we’ll check it out with the developer or property owner.