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Mission: To promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington's
native plants and their habitats through study, education and advocacy.


Native Plant Appreciation Week
April 23 - 29, 2017              
Native Plant Species are an important part of Washington's heritage providing valuable aesthetic, economic and ecological contributions that make our state a special place to live, and...
Click to read the full State of Washington Proclamation
by Governor Jay Inslee &
Enjoy the 2017 WNPS Native Plant Appreciation Week Poster  

Common Camas Prairie
Photo Credit: Kevin Head

Native Plant Appreciation Week Main Page

Native Plant Appreciation Week CALENDAR of EVENTS!

Scroll Down to Explore the latest WNPS News & Upcoming Events

Study Weekend 2017
Sponsored by the Northeast Chapter

Eastern wetland Photo Credit: Suzanne Schwab

May 19-21, 2017           

Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA

"From Sagebrush to Sub-alpine: 
Exploring the Diversity of

Eastern Washington Land-forms & Flora"

Registration OPEN
Event Information HERE!

Eastern wetland
                                                      Photo Credit: Suzanne Schwab

The WNPS Northeast Chapter is looking forward to hosting WNPS members at this year's Study weekend and highlighting the diverse botanical and geological landscape of the east regions of Washington State.  This rainy winter / spring has the wetland water levels higher than seen in many years.  Suzanne says this will be a wonderful flower year!  Register today!

Join WNPS members from around the state at this weekend of study and camaraderie. 
Online and mail in registration is available.                                              

Botany Washington
June 9-11, 2017

Late Spring in the East Cascades

Tierra Retreat Center
Tumwater Canyon, near Leavenworth

Event Information HERE
Registration is OPEN                             

The mixed conifer forests and open slopes of the lower East Cascades foothills are a must-visit destination during the spring wildflower season.  The Leavenworth area's combination of plentiful snowmelt runoff, sunshine, and warm spring temperatures produce one of the finest wildflower blooms in the region.  June is typically an ideal time to explore the native flora of this area.
Tierra Retreat Center is over 400 acres of forested retreat center located within 15 minutes of Leavenworth.
www.tierraretreat.comPhoto: Tweedys lewisia 

An annual event, co sponsored by Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and
the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum (WTU)

Workshop:  Know your Grasses                                     Arranenatherum elatuis Photo credit: Fred Weinmann
The Identification and Appreciation of Grasses                          

June 28, 29, 30, 2017
Hitchcock Hall, UW Campus, Seattle
Field Excursion:  Discovery Park, Seattle
Instructor:  Clayton Antieau, M.S., Ph.C.

“Knowing Your Grasses” is critical to many fields of science and practice, including wetland identification and delineation, ecosystem restoration, erosion control, and interpretation of natural history. Beautiful and diverse, grasses are globally important in many ways—fundamental to the past and future survival of humans. The Washington Native Plant Society and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum are proudly partnering to offer this grass identification workshop.
Full information and registration http://www.wnps.org/workshops/grass-workshop.html

Arrhenatherum elastius
Photo Credit: Fred Weinmann

Find WNPS Chapter Programs in Local Chapter Newsletters

Featured APRIL Programs:

  • Visit the South Sound page for details, including plants lists of available species.
  • On the CPS PLANT SALE page, find ways to volunteer, full event details and complete species lists of plants available at the sale.

Coming in May 2017: Salal Chapter Native Plant Sale    

   May 6th - 10 am-12 noon
   Mt Vernon, WSU Research and Extension Center,           
    Salal Chapter Native Plant Interpretive Garden 
More details here.


Visit the WNPS calendar to learn more in a chapter near you, or read the regional newsletters available on chapter pages!  Click your location on the Washington Map to connect.

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topics and discussion on
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Washington Native Plant Society's Blog

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WNPS Stewardship-Wenatchee Valley

Conservation and Restoring

Shrub-steppe Habitats

Participate in a Native Plant Stewardship course focused on shrub-steppe habitats in Chelan and Douglas counties.  This 30 hour course begins April 20th.  Applications are now being accepted. 

Find out more information here

1960's photo of Shrub-steppe valley
PHOTO: John Thorpe

Additional WNPS Native Plant Stewardship courses are in development for 2017 around the state. In 2016 programs were offered in South Sound and Wenatchee Valley Chapters. Stay tuned to the Stewardship pages for continued developments.

Community-based stewardship programs are made possible by the generous support of Jane and John Titland.

WNPS Master Native Plant Steward Program        
Central Puget Sound

The full 100 hour Stewardship Training program returns in 2017. Provided in partnership with King Conservation District and the
City of Shoreline. 

Interested course participants can find more information HERE,
on the CPS Stewardship Page.

Stewards are now starting restoration projects in 5 park locations in the City of Shoreline.

2017 Communications Survey

Thank you again to the 562 members that took the time to provide input to the WNPS State Board of Directors and community regarding WNPS Communications.   The data is a sample of 30% of the society, which is a very good return rate, making for reliable analysis. 

Participants are invited to view the results of the survey on the Communications Survey Report page.  Thank you all. 

white stemmed frasera (Frasera albicoulis)
Photo Credit:  Don Jacobson


THE 2017 WNPS Calendar is HERE
featuring all 2016 Photo Contest Winners

The publication provides educational content of Washington's native flora.  A great gift for family & friends.  The WNPS 2017 Calendar is made possible by the member contributions during the annual WNPS Photo Contest.

ONSALE NOW - 50% OFF - Just $5.00

Now available for purchase in the ONLINE Store

COMPOSITAE Gaillardia aristata
2016 Grand Prize Photo Contest Winner
Photo Credit:  Ted Alway



Updated: April 20, 2017
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