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 CALENDAR of EVENTS!
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Study Weekend 2017
Sponsored by the Northeast Chapter
May 19-21, 2017
Eastern Washington University
"From Sagebrush to Sub-alpine:
Exploring the Diversity of
Eastern Washington Land-forms & Flora"
Event Information HERE!
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.
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.com. Photo: 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
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
Photo Credit: Fred Weinmann
Find WNPS Chapter Programs in Local Chapter Newsletters
Featured APRIL Programs:
Coming in May 2017: Salal Chapter Native Plant Sale
May 6th - 10 am-12 noon
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topics and discussion on
Washington Native Plant Society's Blog
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WNPS Stewardship-Wenatchee Valley
Conservation and Restoring
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.
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COMPOSITAE Gaillardia aristata
2016 Grand Prize Photo Contest Winner
Photo Credit: Ted Alway