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


   Camassia quamash

The Spring Renewal Campaign is HERE 
Renew your membership or JOIN us today        

A reminder that all annual WNPS membership expire on June 30th.  Renew today to remain current.  Our spring drive has already renewed more than 800 members, meaning we have about 1000 to go.  If that means you, renew today! 

Thank to all that have made contributions to WNPS through the annual Give BIG event.  It is due to the generosity of members and community donors that allows WNPS to continue the work and support the mission for native flora of Washington.

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Find WNPS Chapter Programs in Local Chapter Newsletters

The chapter pages provide full lists of local activities including speakers, field trips, plant sales, garden tours and more...connect with the members in your chapter!


Central Puget Sound Chapter is hosting David Giblin, manager of the University of Washington Herbarium, bringing us up to date on the revision of "Flora of the Pacific Northwest," the authoritative field identification manual for our region's vascular plants published in 1973. The widely used resources has become outdated due to discovery of new species, arrival of new weeds and advances in classification and taxonomy. David will walk us through the important findings of the project as well as what's on the horizon for the Herbarium as this project draws to a close. Grants from WNPS and multiple chapters, have helped fund illustrations for this years-long project.

"Revising the 'Flora of the Pacific Northwest'
- What Did We Learn and What's Next?"
-- with David Giblin

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Mountaineer Program Center, Magnuson Park
Doors open at 6:00 pm for Native Plant Identification Workshop
Program begins at 7:30
Refreshment, Public Invited, Admission is Free


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

Registration Closes for this Program on June 20th.

Arrhenatherum elastius
Photo Credit: Fred Weinmann


Botany Washington
June 9-11, 2017

Late Spring in the East Cascades

Tierra Retreat Center
Tumwater Canyon, near Leavenworth

Event Information HERE
Registration is Now Closed.
Confirmations have been emailed.
Questions?  wnps@wnps.org                          

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)

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 has closed
Event Information HERE!


Eastern wetland; Photo Credit: Suzanne Schwab

Thank you for Leading and thank you for Attending! 
Please take our Post Event Survey to tell us how it was for you!

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!  Some placement may be possible.  Contact us to inquire about available field trips.

Join WNPS members from around the state at this weekend of study and camaraderie. 
Online and mail in registration is available.  Stay turned for announcements about next year's program.                                     

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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 has now concluded. 

Student graduates will soon be working on conversation projects in the region.  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.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Graduating Class of the City Of Shoreline Master Native Plant Stewardship Training!  The five sites for restoration projects, including urban parks that were once cranberry bogs, and maintenance land can be returned to natural park land for citizens to enjoy.  Thank you all for your commitment and expertise.  Watch your neighborhood calendars for volunteer events lead by these fine new Stewards. 

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

 Thank you for your leadership and efforts to appreciation native plants with others during Native Plant Appreciation Week.  Find out what was scheduled for 2017 HERE

WNPS is actively recruiting a Leadership COMMITTEE with volunteers from around the state, to start planning for 2018.  Considering volunteering now to be a part of a committee that will revive the tradition of Native Plant Appreciation Week among all chapters around Washington.
To find out more, email: info@wnps.org


Updated: May 25, 2017
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