Stewardship: Deadline to apply for Master Native Plant Steward Program in Seattle

18Feb
(Date: February 18, 2018)Calendar: WNPS StewardsFree event

NOTE: APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 14.

Feed your curiosity with 100 hours of expert training in ecological restoration! Contribute 100 hours of volunteer service to your community! Get to know others with similar interests!

Now recruiting for the Master Native Plant Steward Program,with Washington Native Plant Society, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Green Seattle Partnership. No previous experience is necessary. Training will include

  • Forest restoration techniques
  • Engaging
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Olympic Penisula: David Peter, Prairies of the Olympic Peninsula

20Feb
(Date: February 20, 2018 6:30PM)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Speaker: David Peter, Ecologist, US Forest Service PNW Research Station, Olympia

Where did Pacific Northwest Prairies come from and where have they all gone? What are they doing in this land of tall timber? And, what is a “prairie” anyway? I will talk about these and other imponderables to build deeper understanding of these unique cultural artifacts. Northwest prairies hold a special place in the landscape, biodiversity and history of the Pacific Northwest, yet only a narrow slice of the

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Koma Kulshan: Plant Plumbing - How Plants Move Fluids

21Feb
(Date: February 21, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Tall trees can lift water 400 feet into the canopy without spending a dime of their own energy. Plants have tubes that develop pressures so large, they'd break an animal heart (literally). Anu Singh-Cundy will describe how plants from mosses to redwoods transport fluids and balance their absolutely critical relationship with water, and why tree rings and maple syrup are spinoffs from this balancing act. Anu teaches biology at Western Washington University.

Dosewallips State Park Hike

22Feb
(Date: February 22, 2018 10:30AM)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Meet at restrooms in main camping area west side of highway 101 NLT 10:00 am. We will walk several miles of forested trails above the campground always fattening our plant list for these trails. Time permitting we will cross Highway 101 for a walk through the salt marsh. Bring lunch, all weather clothing and your plant books. Contact Ann Weinmann at 360-379-0986 or

Koma Kulshan: Lake Whatcom Watershed Work Party

24Feb
(Date: February 24, 2018 9:00AM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Since 2002 the City of Bellingham has purchased 1,988 acres of land in the Lake Whatcom watershed to be kept in or restored to its natural state to protect water quality. Four members of our chapter serve on the Watershed Advisory Board and we have offered to assist in these stewardship efforts. This work party will also provide an opportunity for the participants of this fall’s Native Plant Stewardship Course to volunteer some hours. More about the course is at ...

Northeast Washington Chapter: Program and Meeting

27Feb
(Date: February 27, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Northeast WashingtonFree event

Each meeting includes an educational program starting at 7PM, followed by a break for informal discussion and those all important refreshments. Following the break, we reconvene for a business meeting that may include discussion of conservation issues, work on special projects, plans for upcoming field trips, and reports from the state-wide Washington Native Plant Society. All our meetings are free and open to the public.

CPS: Kittitas County Vegetation Studies by Mike Marsh

1Mar
(Date: March 1, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Mike Marsh is a lifetime member of WNPS

More details to come.

Conservation 2018 Grant Applications Due

1Mar
(Date: March 1, 2018 11:30PM)Calendar: Conservation CommitteeFree event

Annually, WNPS awards Conservation Grants from the designated funds provided through the WNPS Endowment Fund. 

The Conservation Committee, under the leadership of Becky Chaney, is currently accepting grant applications for projects lasting up to two years. 

Grant funding has increased in 2018 and interested candidates are encouraged to apply.
More information can be found HERE.  

Grant Applications are DUE on March 1st, 2018.  

Stewardship: Master Native Plant Steward Program begins

2Mar
(Date: March 2, 2018 9:00AM)Calendar: WNPS StewardsFree event

Feed your curiosity with 100 hours of expert training in ecological restoration! Contribute 100 hours of volunteer service to your community! Get to know others with similar interests!

Now recruiting for the Master Native Plant Steward Program,with Washington Native Plant Society, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Green Seattle Partnership. No previous experience is necessary. Training will include

  • Forest restoration techniques
  • Engaging park neighbors, recruiting volunteers, and working
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Kah Tai Prairie Preserve; Weeding and Welcome to Spring Work Party

6Mar
(Date: March 6, 2018 10:00AM)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Meet at the parking lot within the Port Townsend Golf Course by the Kah Tai Prairie Preserve sign. Join us for this spring prairie cleanup event. Goals this year will be to repair the perimeter fence, weed invasive species, and enjoy the early blooms. We will be rewarded by the camas sprouts, spring gold Lomatium utriculatum, grass –widows Olysynium douglasii,and old man’s whiskers Geum triflorum. The fabric that holds the prairie all together is the grass, Festuca romeri. Bring gloves and

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Aquatic Weeds, Jennifer Parsons

6Mar
(Date: March 6, 2018 6:30PM)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

CB: Vernal Pools…Pockets of Water in the Hottest Driest Area of Washington State

7Mar
(Date: March 7, 2018 6:30PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Shallow ephemeral wetlands, or vernal pools, occur in very small to rarely large depressions throughout the exposed, volcanic scablands on the Columbia Plateau, where this ecological system is considered to be “Imperiled”.  On the Hanford Site, vernal pools were first documented in the mid-1990’s by The Nature Conservancy, but have not been observed or studied since then.  Last year (2016-2017) was an especially wet winter (like a few years in the mid-1990’s), and over 25 pools were identified on

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Wenatchee Valley Program

8Mar
(Date: March 8, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Program details to be announced

Koma Kulshan: Annual Cryptogamic Ramble

10Mar
(Date: March 10, 2018 9:30AM - 4:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Admire ferns, mosses, fungi, lichens, a slime mold or two and even some “higher” vascular plants.

Fred Rhoades will lead this hike, hopefully (again) to the Maple Creek Park loop trail. Trailhead on east side of Silver Lake Road 1/10 mi north of Mt. Baker Highway in Maple Falls. Mixed forest with a (defunct bridge but if the water is low, manageable) creek crossing, waterfalls and other wet spots. Carpool from Sunset Square Safeway parking lot (SE corner) at 9:30, or meet at trailhead at

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Conservation Committee Meeting

13Mar
(Date: March 13, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM)Calendar: Conservation CommitteeFree event

Meetings are planned every other month, on the second Tuesday.

Location: conference call.

Please contact Becky Cheney for details: .

 

Gibbs Lake Hike with Varn Brooks

17Mar
(Date: March 17, 2018 9:30AM)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Winter mosses and ferns will probably be the highlights on this easy 3 mile loop around the lake; although, we occasionally have great “ice flowers” popping up this time of year. We can stage a car or two at the half way point for anyone who wants to avoid the second half of the trip which is a little steep in places. Meet at the Jefferson Transit Lot at Four Corners at 9:30AM to car pool, or join us at 10:00AM in the parking area at Gibbs Lake County Park. May postpone a day, or cancel if the

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Featured Events

2018 Botany Washington

June 7-9, 2018

Southwestern Washington is a botanically rich area that includes coastal headlands, extensive stretches of dune community, tidal marshes and flats, and lowland coastal forests that continue upward to the montane areas of the Willapa Hills.  The 2018 Event will take place on the Long Beach Peninsula, with base camp in Ocean Park, WA at the Ocean Park Camp & Retreat Center. Registration is now open.

2018 UW Botanical Symposium

March 21, 2018

The Washington Native Plant Society is proud to announce our involvement as a sponsor for the 2018 Washington Botanical Symposium. This program is co-hosted by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum. Photo by Joe Rocchio. Read More.

2018 Study Weekend
Rainbows of Wildflowers

May 4-6, 2018

The Suksdorfia and South Sound Chapters are preparing an amazing Study Weekend event in the Klickitat County area of Washington, including the Columbia Gorge and the heart of the Cascades Mountains.  25 hikes, 2 Key Note speakers and workshops including how to use the new Plant List Database, and more will be a part of this year’s event. Photo by Don Hardin. View updates on registration.