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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. 


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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! 

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

Scroll Down to Explore the latest WNPS News & Upcoming Events


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An Urban WNPS Meet Up at Kate's Pub in Seattle

Come enjoy food and drink at Kate's Pub for an evening and get to know your fellow WNPS members in the Puget Sound area.  The Washington Native Plant Society is hosting an event for members to meet up and get to know each other, over favorite refreshments!  20% of the proceeds of this night will support WNPS and the conservation and appreciation of native plants. Anyone is welcome and we encourage new comers.  Bring a friend!  Meet the host, Sam Payne, Director - at - Large of the WNPS State Board of Directors.  

The event will begin at 6:00pm at Kate's Pub in Wallingford - 309 NE 45th St. Seattle, 98105
If you plan to attend please briefly take the time to RSVP at this link:


WNPS / 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

Registration is still available.  

Arrhenatherum elastius
Photo Credit: Fred Weinmann

 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!


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New! CPS Field Trip
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tronsen Ridge from Haney Meadows, Wenatchee National Forest.
Moderate difficulty, 5 miles, 500 ft elevation gain.

Led by Richard Ramsden
The desert plants, alpines, and local endemics growing together make this one of the finest sites in the state to learn about and enjoy the native flora.  Meet at 9:30am at the Swauk Forest Discovery Trail parking lot 1/4 mile east of Blewett Pass on FS9716.  The final 8 miles on improved dirt and gravel roads.  Seattle carpool from Ravenna P&R leave 7:30am, Issaquah P&R (Newport Way/SR900) leave 8:15am. For inquiries or plant list and to sign up, contact Richard Ramsden (rtramsden@gmail.com).

Photo credit: Richard Ramsden



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Botany Washington
June 9-11, 2017

Late Spring in the East Cascades

Tierra Retreat Center
Tumwater Canyon, near Leavenworth

Event Information HERE                         

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.
Visit the event page to learn more of the event.  It was a great success.  Next year's planning is in the works.  Participants will receive a group photo and evaluation in the next few days.

Photo: Ray Izumi 

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!
News about the next annual, 2018 WNPS Member Study Weekend, coming soon!          


WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program - Koma Kulshan Chapter

Coming in September 2017!

Rivers and Forests of Whatcom County                     
& Northern Puget Sound

Become a Native Plant Steward with the Koma Kulshan Chapter by 
participating in this 30 hour course focused on stewardship of the native plant and wildlife habitats of the northern Puget Lowland.

Enrich your understanding of the key roles that native plants play in our forests, wetlands, and other vital habitats, and how to use this knowledge to help protect and restore these habitats.  

Full program and participation information on the new Koma Kulshan Chapter Stewardship page: HERE

Program Flyer

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

This program has concluded.  Stay tuned for news of restoration projects beginning in Fall 2017, in partnership with Foster Creek Conservation District. Restoration efforts of sage grouse habitat will be joined by new Wenatchee Valley Stewards.

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: June 22, 2017
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