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to the Central Puget Sound Chapter (CPS) of the Washington Native Plant Society! 
We serve King County and the southern half of Snohomish County, encompassing native forests, alpine areas, wetlands, coastal areas, streams and a booming population.  For numerous ways to discover and protect native plants and their habitats close to home, see below.
Whether your interest is in learning all you can about native plants and botany, taking care of native plant habitats at home and beyond, or meeting others who are equally passionate about native plants, the CPS chapter has many ways for you to meet your goals.  Please explore our website, and do not hesitate to contact any of our board members if you would like to jump in or have questions.



Save the Date!
Fall Plant Sale 2017

October 7, Magnuson Park



Plant Sale Fall 2017 


Coming soon!
Please come to the WNPS-CPS Native Plant Sale and Environmental Fair, 
10am to 4 pm 
Saturday, October 7
at the CPS Nursery at Magnuson Park
Members' only shopping starts at 9 am.

For more information, go to http://www.wnps.org/cps/plantsale




                 Seed Packing Party!

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 – 8 PM. Seed packaging for the Plant Sale will take place around a big table at the WNPS Office at Magnuson Park. Volunteers are needed to help pack up seeds and socialize. No special skill set is required. Snacks will be provided.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Brenda Clifton at Brenda_Clifton@hotmail.com.

September Program:  
Fungi-- The Original Network

Mountaineers Cascade Room
7:00 pm

Presented by Kim Traverse
It is beginning to seem that beyond the individual interactions between different fungi and different plants, there are also interconnections across many levels of taxa with fungi providing the network. This looks like a form of cooperation and probably information processing too. Maybe the World Wide Web has been around longer than we thought!
     Almost all life on Earth depends ultimately on plants, but there is strong evidence that plants only "crawled" out of the oceans with the help of fungi. Most of what is going on is happening at a scale too small for direct observation by humans and we have normed the small range that we can notice. Differences in scale have profound effects on how everything behaves and our intuition can lead us astray when we consider the microscopic universe that fungi inhabit. Plus, new discoveries are not always merely additive- sometimes they suggest we re-evaluate much of what we were sure of.
     For instance; the very concept of an individual organism is being assailed by new evidence from genetic sequencing and population ecology. If a tablespoon of soil can contain eight miles of fungi hyphae, what is all that stuff up to?
     Kim Traverse has been President of The Puget Sound Mycological Society for the past 3 years. He has been paying attention to and eating wild mushrooms for 45 years but native plants are his first love. Kim is a self-taught naturalist; his early love of nature was inspired by his grandmother, who showed him his first wildflowers and birds. Most of his field experience was garnered volunteering for and serving on the boards of the Michigan Nature Association and The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy which he helped found. He strongly believes that in addition to the specific missions of organizations like PSMS, WNPS, Audubon, and The Mountaineers, their most important role is getting people connected to the natural world.

Program produced by Shelley Evans and Sharon Baker 

Doors open at 6:00 PM for the Native Plant Identification Workshop; Program begins at 7:00 PM.

Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is Free

Note that beginning in Sept our east and west side programs will start at 7pm.


   Native Plant Press


"Native Plant Press" Summer 2017 (Mobile version)

"Native Plant Press" Summer 2017 (Print version)

NEW! Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter
Look inside for lots of ways to meet other members,
work with plants or the public, and have fun! Click the link below:

Summer 2017 Volunteer opportunities


The Slate of Officers July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018
was elected by the membership as follows: 

The CPS Board approved the Slate of Officers for member election.  They include:
Chapter Chair:  Chrys Bertolotto
Vice Chair:  Vacant
Treasurer:  Kris Morse
Secretary:  Sharon Baker

  See all upcoming programs and complete information on our new program page.

  Central Puget Sound Chapter ~ Calendar of Events

Enjoy your summer and see you in September! No program meetings in July or August.
August 2017
Celebrate Shoreline! CPS Stewards will have a booth at this festival celebrating the City of Shoreline. Noon- 9pm, Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave. N
September 2017
Nursery work party 10 am to 2 pm --Please note, this is on a Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.
         7 "Fungi, the Original Network," Kim Traverse. Mountaineers, 7:00 pm
       18 Chapter Board meeting

October 2017
         Fall plant sale, Magnuson Park Nursery
       17 Jennifer Hahn “Sustainable Wild Food Foraging and Cuisine. Bellevue Botanical Garden 

November 2017
Janneke Hille Ris Lambers “Climate Change Impacts on PNW Plant Communities” Mountaineers 

          7 T. Abe Lloyd “Coast Salish Ethnobotany and Lessons for Food System Resiliency” 

 January 2018
          4 Holiday Party (Mountaineers Program Center)

 Seeking Native Plants -What to do with your surplus native flora?  Donate of Course!


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