April 26, 2018 - June 26, 2018

WNPS: 2018 Native Plant Appreciation Week

22Apr
(Date: April 22, 2018 - April 28, 2018)Calendar: WNPSFree event

What's that plant? Is it a weed? Do you wonder at the plants you see in your neighborhood or while hiking in Washington's forests and meadows? Would you like to learn about low-maintenance, beautiful native plants that attract wildlife, or join tours through protected natural areas? 

Native Plant Appreciation Week 2018, April 22 through April 28 is a celebration of Washington's over 3000 native species, from desert plants to rain forest giants. With over 100 events throughout the State,

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Central WA: Wildflower Hike at Jacobson Preserve

26Apr
(Date: April 26, 2018 5:30PM - 7:00PM)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

Celebrate the beauty of springtime during Native Plant Appreciation Week! Join us for a weeknight wildflower walk at Jacobson Preserve, led by Wenatchee Naturalist and CDLT Membership & Education Coordinator Hillary Clark. We will explore what's blooming and learn about what we can do to encourage native plants in our area. Leave with a list of plants found at Jacobson Preserve.

This is a joint Wenatchee Valley Native Plant Society and CDLT event. This event will last from 5:30 to 7 pm. Please

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Wenatchee Valley: Wildflower Hike at Jacobson Preserve

26Apr
(Date: April 26, 2018 5:30PM - 7:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Celebrate the beauty of springtime during Native Plant Appreciation Week! Join us for a weeknight wildflower walk at Jacobson Preserve, led by Wenatchee Naturalist and Chelan Douglas Land Trust Membership & Education Coordinator Hillary Clark. We will explore what's blooming and learn about what we can do to encourage native plants in our area. Leave with a list of plants found at Jacobson Preserve.

This is a joint Wenatchee Valley Native Plant Society and CDLT event.  This event will last from 5:30

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Olympic Peninsula: Tamanowas Rock and Anderson Lake State Park Hike

27Apr
(Date: April 27, 2018 9:30AM)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

We will hike to Tamanowas Rock via the Tamanowas Rock Sanctuary; then ascend the cliff to the bald overlooking the Rock; then walk the trails of Anderson Lake eventually reaching Anderson Lake State Park where a carriage will be waiting to return us via road to our start-ing point. This walk will take us 3 miles or so with a short steep scramble required to reach the Park from the rock. Plants of mature forests, balds, and wetland habitats will be featured. Meet NLT 9:30 at the small Tamanowas

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Central WA with Wenatchee Valley: Quincy Area Wildflower Walk

27Apr
(Date: April 27, 2018 10:00AM - 2:00PM)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

A chance to explore the spring bloomers at either the Beezley Hills or Babcock Bench.  The final location will be decided prior to the trip based on the best blooms.  We will explore early blooms in the shallow lithosols mixed in with deep soiled sagebrush biscuits near Quincy.

Meet at the East Wenatchee Park and Ride at 10:00am to carpool.  We can pick up additional folks at the rest area west of Quincy before heading on to our destination.  Access to both sites are on well-maintained gravel roads. Plan

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Wenatchee Valley: Quincy Area Wildflower Walk

27Apr
(Date: April 27, 2018 10:00AM - 2:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

A chance to explore the spring bloomers at either the Beezley Hills or Babcock Bench.  The final location will be decided prior to the trip based on the best blooms.  We will explore early blooms in the shallow lithosols mixed in with deep soiled sagebrush biscuits near Quincy. 

Meet at the East Wenatchee Park and Ride at 10:00am to carpool.  We can pick up additional folks at the rest area west of Quincy before heading on to our destination.  Access to both sites are on well-maintained gravel roads. Plan

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Columbia Basin Native Plant Appreciation Day at McNary Wildlife Refuge

28Apr
(Date: April 28, 2018 9:00AM - 1:00PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Come to “Native Plant Appreciation Day” at the McNary Wildlife Refuge in Burbank.  The event is free to the public. It offers an opportunity for families and friends to come together to celebrate the amazing varieties of wildflowers that we have here in the Columbia Basin.  

There will plenty of activities for children and adults alike, including making flower buttons, dissecting plants, art projects, and more.  There are two slide shows on wildflowers as well as nature walks and information on

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Central Puget Sound Spring Plant Sale

28Apr
(Date: April 28, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Choose from over 200 native plants and seeds at the Spring Plant Sale at Mercerdale Park on Mercer Island. Volunteers will be needed the day before and the day of the sale to move and arrange plants, answer questions and help with checkout. Start thinking now about the shifts you would like to work. Volunteer signups start in February.

Koma Kulshan Native Plant Sale

28Apr
(Date: April 28, 2018 10:00AM - 3:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Come early for the best selection of plants at the Koma Kulshan chapter's annual native plant sale. There will be a wide selection of shrubs, trees, ferns, and perennials — all arranged by the habitat in which they'll grow best.

While you're there shopping for plants to add to your garden, learn a bit of ethnobotany and talk with people from other local environmental groups.

Co-sponsored by Bellingham Parks & Recreation.

 

Koma Kulshan Intro Plant Walk: Padden Lagoon Walk

28Apr
(Date: April 28, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Join WNPS at the Backyard Habitat & Native Flora Fair. We will walk from the fair area to the City Greenways trails around Padden Creek to see a variety of trees, shrubs and flowering native plants. Make sure to stop at the fair before the walk to purchase some native plants and see various displays.

Meet at the stage at Fairhaven Village Green.

 

 

Central WA: Wind Power and Wildflowers Walk

29Apr
(Date: April 29, 2018 11:00AM)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

Explore the vast array of shrub steppe wildflowers at the Wild Horse Wind Facility. Enjoy the guided wildflower walks, presentations, displays, and wind turbine tours. Wildflower Walks will be offered mid-week, by appointment, April through May. RSVP Required:

Join us for a 45-60 minute walking tour that explores the 52 kw solar array, wind turbine blade, turbine generator, gearbox, and lets you take a look inside the base of an active wind

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Wenatchee Valley: Upper Valley Walk at Leavenworth Ski Hill

2May
(Date: May 2, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Join Connie McCauley to explore the Ski Hill area, looking at wildflowers, birds, and wildlife. Depending upon interest and conditions, participants will explore both ski trails and newly constructed mountain bike trails during this 2-3 hour walk. Connie has explored these hills for 40 years and enjoys sharing her local knowledge with all ages and backgrounds. Meet at the Ski Hill Parking lot on 10701 Ski Hill Drive in Leavenworth.

RSVP appreciated but not required. Contact Hillary at (509)

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CPS: The Tanoak Tree - an Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood

3May
(Date: May 3, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

The tanoak, Notholithocarpus densiflorus, is a Pacific Coast hardwood native to California and southwest Oregon.  It is a tree with a complex environmental history, attracting radically different perceptions -- from treasured food plant of indigenous peoples to cash crop to trash tree. Having studied the patterns of tanoak use and threats for nearly twenty years, botanist, Frederica Bowcutt, uncovers the tangled history of cultural, sociopolitical, and economic factors affecting the tree's

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Wenatchee Valley: Lower Crab Creek and Sentinel Dunes Exploration

4May
(Date: May 4, 2018 8:00AM - 4:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

We will spend the first half of the trip with Nick Bechtold, Assistant Manager of WDFW’s Columbia Basin Wildlife Area, along lower Crab Creek which is east of Beverly, WA.  Nick will tell us about how the agency manages the Wildlife Area, the important riparian habitats in Lower Crab Creek, and the challenges of managing wildlife habitat within a large federal irrigation project.

After lunch we will drive around to the western end of the Saddle Mountains to the Sentinel Gap dunes.  On our sandy

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Study Weekend 2018: Rainbows of Wildflowers

4May
(Date: May 4, 2018 3:00PM - May 6, 2018 4:00PM)Calendar: WNPSPaid event

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.  24 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. 

From the snows of Mount Adams to the deep, rain-forest valleys of the Wind River to the wide dry woodlands skirting the Klickitat River, there are many

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Salal: Spring Native Plant Sale

5May
(Date: May 5, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM)Calendar: Salal ChapterFree event

Spring Plant Sale in the Native Plant Garden Nursery is from 10am to 12pm.

click here for the list of plants offered.

The Salal Native Plant Sale in May is the fundraisers for the chapter. We work hard throughout the year to put together a great list of plants for the sale.

Some plants are purchased from a wholesaler, some are purchased as bare root plants, and others are propagated by volunteers from plants at their homes or from the display garden. We hold all propagated plants for at least 6

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Family Day: Wildflower Walk at Badger Flats Trail

5May
(Date: May 5, 2018 10:00AM - 11:00AM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Please pre-register. Contact trip leader Pauline Schafer at if you plan on attending.

This year we’ve included a family walk to introduce the young to the wonder of the natural world around them.  We will be answering questions, looking at the plants with magnifiers and wondering at the wonderful world of growing things.  

This will be an easy walk for parents and children. Come join us and May will bring new flowers: Perhaps the purple

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Conservation Committee Meeting

8May
(Date: May 8, 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: .

 

Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Teddy Bear Cove Scotch Broom Removal

9May
(Date: May 9, 2018 9:30AM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Teddy Bear Cove Scotch Broom Removal

We will revisit Whatcom County’s largest publicly accessible Garry Oak grove and remove more of the Scotch Broom that is growing there. This should be easier than last year. Tools needed: clippers, loppers, pruning saws. If someone has a very long-handled pruning saw or lopping tool for the plants growing on the cliffs, that would be a great help. Gather at the North Chuckanut Mountain parking lot along Chuckanut Drive at the west end of Arroyo Park just

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Central WA: Yakima Canyon BirdFest

11May
(Date: May 11, 2018 - May 13, 2018)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

Several activities throughout the weekend to highlight the unique Yakima Canyon.  Visit the KEEN website for more information- http://www.ycic.org/yakima-river-canyon-bird-fest.  
Saturday --Get intimate With Shrub-Steppe Event (GISS), Umtanum Recreation Area at the Yakima River Canyon.  Various field trips, educational activities, and hands-on science booths from 9am- 1pm.   
Sunday- Wild horse Wind farm -- Wildflower Hike begins at 11am. RSVP Required:

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Koma Kulshan Intro Plant Walk: Hidden Forest Foray

10May
(Date: May 10, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Explore the plants of the Sehome Hill Arboretum, a “secret” natural area in the heart of Bellingham with guidebook author and former Arboretum board member Mark Turner. Sehome Hill was logged in the early 20th century and is now developing a mature second-growth forest. We’ll look at trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and a vine or two. Learn what’s native and what’s not.

Meet in the parking area at the top of Arboretum Drive (off Bill McDonald Parkway).

 

Wenatchee Valley: Tibbetts Mountain Hike

11May
(Date: May 11, 2018 9:00AM - 4:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Grab your wildflower guide books and binoculars and join me for a wonderful hike in an out of the way area that is still close to home! On this hike, we will be stopping often to look at the wonderful, and sometimes unusual wildflowers along the way. Tibbetts Mountain boasts better and better views and wildflowers as you hike up an old road bed for 2.5 miles (approx. 1660' elevation gain).  This takes you to a nice viewpoint overlooking the Cashmere area and beyond.  If the group is up for it,

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Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Wild Edible Plants in the Spring

12May
(Date: May 12, 2018 9:30AM - 4:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Wild Edible Plants in the Spring

Finding wild edible foods in the spring before berries are ripe can be a challenge in our area. But, if you like greens, there are more than enough options. Who knows, we may even find other edibles. Jazmen Yoder and Jim Davis will lead this identify and taste hike along multiple trails in the vicinity of Larrabee State Park. We will carpool from the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at the end of 32nd St.) leaving at 9:30. Bring a lunch and wear appropriate

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Wildflower Walk: McBee Grade & Horn Rapids

12May
(Date: May 12, 2018 10:00AM - 2:00PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Please pre- register. Contact trip leader Leaders: Marilyn Lemar & Janelle Downs 509 460-8302 if you plan on attending.

Two trips in one!  We start by visiting one of our favorite sites:  McBee Grade. There’s always something to see in the spring as well as the stunning views of the Yakima Valley. The blue lupine and the yellow balsamroot complement the sun and the sky, making this a wonderful place to bring your cameras.  Our second stop is Horn

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Wildhorse Windfarm Mother’s Day Event

13May
(Date: May 13, 2018 8:30AM - 3:30PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

A head count is required for the Wildhorse Windfarm event organizers.  Please contact trip leader Leaders: Ernie Crediford & Terri Knoke at if you plan on attending.  

This year take your mother to see the flowers! The Wildhorse Windfarm presents its Mother’s Day Event and we’ll be part of it! We will be leading a wildflower walk through the shrub-steppe of the Wildhorse Windfarm near Vantage.  This is a unique opportunity to see higher elevation

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Education Grants Proposals Due

15May
(Date: May 15, 2018 5:00PM)Calendar: Education CommitteeFree event

The Education Committee encourages educators throughout our state to develop projects about native plants and plant habitats for their classes. Teachers who have been granted awards can serve as mentors for other teachers hoping to do similar projects in their school districts. Education grants are also available for projects linked to gardens, museums, parks and other public displays of or about native plants.

Grants for WNPS members, funded by WNPS member contributions, are available for

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Koma Kulshan Chapter Meeting: The Gall(s) of Washington

16May
(Date: May 16, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

From fireweed to cottonwoods and aspens, Ron Russo will explore with us the relationship between numerous native plants and a few local ornamentals by a variety of invading organisms that induce swellings or plant tumors called galls. Galls are generally of a specific size, shape and color, which happen to be specific to the inducing organism. The exact mechanism for this specificity has eluded scientists for centuries.

Ron Russo is the retired Chief Naturalist for the East Bay Regional Park

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Wenatchee Valley: Shrub-Steppe Wildflower Hike in Moses Coulee

18May
(Date: May 18, 2018 8:00AM - 2:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Join Aaron Rosenblum of the Foster Creek Conservation District in exploring some Nature Conservancy land parcels. We will begin our day on the Homestead Valley Trail south of Hwy 2 on Nature Conservancy property.  The trail is two miles long, relatively flat, and will lead us through a variety of different habitat types complete with gorgeous views.  We will then head north about 15 minutes to Dutch Henry Falls.  A short ¼ mile hike from the road leads us to the falls. We will enjoy lunch at the

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Wildflower Walk: Badger Mountain

19May
(Date: May 19, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Please pre-register. Contact trip leader: Kim Hamblin-Hart at if you plan on attending.

This year we have journeyed up Badger Mountain every few weeks to see how the wildflower season progresses with time.  The early phlox will have faded, but there will be new jewels strewn in its place. There’s always plenty to see on Badger:  purple delphinium and the ever-present yellow balsamroots.

The May season for Badger can be as stunning as early

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Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Marine Algae of Point Whitehorn

19May
(Date: May 19, 2018 11:00AM - 5:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Marine Algae of Point Whitehorn

Point Whitehorn proper is Whatcom County’s best algae and invertebrate beach. We will approach it from the Birch Bay side, about 3 miles beach walking, return. Bring rubber boots, guidebook, snacks, water, hand-lens, hand towel, and ANTICIPATE MUCH COOLER conditions than in your garden. All knowledge levels and backgrounds welcome, for some this will be tutorial, others a seminar. I provide plant list; whatever guidebook you own is right for you. If buying, I

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Salal: Picnic and Plant Walk

19May
(Date: May 19, 2018 11:30AM - 4:00PM)Calendar: Salal ChapterFree event

Join us for the afternoon for a picnic and plant walk, at the Sunset Beach shelter in Washington Park in Anacortes, WA.

Koma Kulshan: Intro Plant Walk - Spring Plant Walk at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

19May
(Date: May 19, 2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Visit this gem of a county park, preserved through efforts of the Whatcom Land Trust. The forest floor at Point Whitehorn is carpeted with small wild flowers in the spring. Join us for a walk and learn about the flowers, shrubs and trees of this forest on the edge of the sea. The walk will take us to the beach. At this time you may choose to linger on the beach or return to the cars.

Meet at the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Park. Directions: take the Grandview Road exit on I-5. Head west on

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Olympic Peninsula: Kul Kah Han’s Native Plant Demonstration Garden Work Party

23May
(Date: May 23, 2018 1:30PM)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Meet on site at 1:30 or at the Park and Ride at 1:15 if you want to carpool. Work party is from 1:30 to 3:00.

HJ Carroll Park Chimacum

Linda Landkammer and crew have worked over 16,000 hours on this splendid native garden over the last 19 years. This is an opportunity to lend a hand on upgrading areas of the garden, do a bit of weeding and view the habitats she created from an area that was once a gravel pit. Several of the species on site will be in full bloom providing a great opportunity to

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Koma Kulshan Intro Plant Walk: Padden Creek Lagoon

23May
(Date: May 23, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Salish people have harvested food and fiber from coastal areas like Bellingham Bay for thousands of years. Ethnobotanist Abe Lloyd will share traditional uses and identification tips for the colorful plants as we meander through the Padden Creek Lagoon, enjoy good views, unique flora, and conversation.

Meet at the Padden Creek Lagoon parking lot near the intersection of Harris and 6th Ave in Fairhaven.

 

Central WA: Annual Audubon Campout

25May
(Date: May 25, 2018 6:00PM - May 28, 2018)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

This is an Audubon event but also includes wildflower walks.  For more information: www.wenasaudubon.org

 

Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe

26May
(Date: May 26, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Please pre-register. Contact trip leaders Ernest Crediford & Terri Knoke at if you plan on attending.

Jump Off Joe is one of the Tri-Cities best-kept secrets, but we’re going to let you in on it.  This walk is short: a few feet from the parking lot and you will be knee deep in white, pink and purple lupine as well as magenta penstemons. This is a good place to see snow berry bushes in bloom and at 2,216 feet, Jump Off Joe is one of the highest

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Wenatchee Valley: Upper Valley Walk at Leavenworth Ski Hill

30May
(Date: May 30, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Join Connie McCauley to explore the Ski Hill area, looking at wildflowers, birds, and wildlife. Depending upon interest and conditions, participants will explore both ski trails and newly constructed mountain bike trails during this 2-3 hour walk.

Connie has explored these hills for 40 years and enjoys sharing her local knowledge with all ages and backgrounds. Meet at the Ski Hill Parking lot on 10701 Ski Hill Drive in Leavenworth.

RSVP appreciated but not required. Contact Hillary at (509)

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Wildflower Walk: Jump Off Joe Butte

30May
(Date: May 30, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM)Calendar: Columbia BasinFree event

Please pre-register. Contact trip leaders Ernest Crediford & Terri Knoke at if you plan on attending.

Want to relax after work? This special evening tour is so close to home you will be among the flowers before you know it.  A short drive from work or school and you’ll be at 2,216 feet, one of the highest accessible buttes in our area. You’ll be surprised at what we find there: wildflowers and jaw-dropping views. Dress appropriate for the

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Wenatchee Valley: Basic Plant Identification and Keying Study Group

1Jun
(Date: June 1, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Would you like to practice keying plants in Hitchcock in a non-intimidating setting? Join Lisa Therrell and Joan Frazee at the Leavenworth Ski Hill to practice keying plants. We will take a look around and select a few straight forward and common things to key, jumping straight to family or genus to speed things up. We will look up and review nomenclature as we go. Bring your Hitchcock, a hand lens, a ruler in metric, and something to sit on like a sit-upon or a lightweight camp chair. Your

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Wenatchee Valley with Central WA: Lichen Hike

2Jun
(Date: June 2, 2018 9:00AM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Lichen Hike in the Blewett Pass or Teanaway area, with multiple stops.  Location to be determined; start time 9am.  This trip is co-lead with WNPS Wenatchee Chapter.  There is a limit of 20 people for this hike.  Handouts provided include:  Prepared color field guides with most of the common lichens, species checklist, basic information on lichens, specific information about growth forms, reproductive structures, photobionts, etc. 

To RSVP contact Ann Fink;

Central WA with Wenatchee Valley: Lichen Hike

2Jun
(Date: June 2, 2018 9:00AM)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

Lichen Hike in the Blewett Pass or Teanaway area, with multiple stops.  Location to be determined; start time 9am.  This trip is co-lead with WNPS Wenatchee Chapter.  There is a limit of 20 people for this hike.  Handouts provided include:  Prepared color field guides with most of the common lichens, species checklist, basic information on lichens, specific information about growth forms, reproductive structures, photobionts, etc.  To RSVP contact Ann Fink;

Wenatchee Valley: Upper Valley Walk at Leavenworth Ski Hill

5Jun
(Date: June 5, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Join Connie McCauley to explore the Ski Hill area, looking at wildflowers, birds, and wildlife. Depending upon interest and conditions, participants will explore both ski trails and newly constructed mountain bike trails during this 2-3 hour walk.

Connie has explored these hills for 40 years and enjoys sharing her local knowledge with all ages and backgrounds. Meet at the Ski Hill Parking lot on 10701 Ski Hill Drive in Leavenworth.

RSVP appreciated but not required. Contact Hillary at (509)

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Botany Washington 2018

8Jun
(Date: June 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018)Calendar: WNPSFree event

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.  Several species of plants have their northernmost populations in the area, including Baccharis pilularis (chaparral broom) and Castilleja chambersii (Chambers's paintbrush).  This is a wonderful opportunity to visit, explore, and learn about the flora of one

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Wenatchee Valley: Iron-Bear Hike

8Jun
(Date: June 8, 2018 8:30AM - 6:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

This all-day hike has it all!  The views are amazing as we travel through several ecosystems.  We will gain 1900 ft. of elevation in 3.5 miles (7 miles round trip), but, at a leisurely pace to accommodate the numerous flower distractions along the way. The trail climbs through forest and then along an exposed serpentine ridge (1.8 miles).  The trail then traverses long switchbacks to a 5489’ knoll. We will see many lovely forest plants, including endemics such as Wenatchee lomatium (Lomatium

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Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Chilliwack Lake

9Jun
(Date: June 9, 2018 8:00AM - 7:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Chilliwack Lake

Located north of Hannegan Pass just across the Canadian border, Chilliwack Lake was the original gateway to the North Cascades for British, American, and Native American surveyors, porters and guides in the late 1850s. We will drive there via Chilliwack, BC, and spend the day exploring the valley bottom old growth forests and climbing trails to the subalpine meadows towering over the lake. Bring passports, lunches, and $ to stop for dinner if we are returning late. Meet at the

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Central WA with Wenatchee Valley: Camus Meadow Preserve

9Jun
(Date: June 9, 2018 8:30AM)Calendar: Central WashingtonFree event

We should see a nice collection of flowers in the meadow including mule’s ear (Wyehia amplexicaulis) and silky lupine (Lupinus sericeus). If time allows in the afternoon we will hike up a gated road to a rocky outcrop where will we find a few different types of buckwheat.  Meet at the west side of the Super-1 parking lot in Ellensburg at 8:30 AM, or at the junction of SR 970 and US 97 at 9:00 AM.  We will be joined by members of the WNPS Wenatchee Chapter.  Keyna Bugner, leader. Email:

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CPS: Birds in our Midst - Creating Gardens Filled with Life

12Jun
(Date: June 12, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Backyard Wildlife Habitat Steward and Master Gardener, Julie O'Donald will give an overview of the elements that create beautiful gardens for birds and people. Best native plants for birds and design features that create habitat will be emphasized. Photos of birds with their food plants will show how to bring nature home to any size property. Julie's personal certified wildlife habitat contains over 200 species of native plants and attracts birds, butterflies, pollinators and beneficial

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Wenatchee Valley: Icicle Gorge Wildflower Walk

16Jun
(Date: June 16, 2018 9:00AM - 2:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

Join Joan and Ann for a delightful 4 mile walk on the Icicle Gorge Trail.  Scenery abounds on this easy walk through several plant communities.  Expect to experience a diversity of trees, shrubs and wildflowers as we meander through dry forest, moist forest, and a cedar bog with a luxuriant understory of false bugbane and devil's club. Elevation gain is negligible, so this trail is suitable for most hikers.  Expect to see many species of trees, as this moist valley has representatives from both

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Koma Kulshan Summer Kickoff Potluck

20Jun
(Date: June 20, 2018 6:00PM - 9:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Abe Lloyd and Katrina Poppe would like to welcome you to their home for an outdoor potluck to welcome the summer. Dinner will begin around 6:30 pm. Bring a dish and a drink to share.

Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Hannegan Pass Trail

23Jun
(Date: June 23, 2018 8:00AM - 5:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Hannegan Pass Trail

This trail becomes a busy route to the back country after the snow melts out, but should be ideal for leisurely botanizing in late June. We will likely go 2 or 3 miles on the gentle valley bottom part of the trail before we are turned back by snow. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 8:00 AM. Bring a lunch and water, dress for the weather, and wear shoes suitable for crossing snow patches. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or ...

Wenatchee Valley: Introduction to Grass Identification

23Jun
(Date: June 23, 2018 9:00AM - 1:00PM)Calendar: Wenatchee ValleyFree event

In this four-hour clinic you will learn how to identify common grasses in the Wenatchee Valley and the basics of grass identification. This is a hands-on clinic. We will look at grasses as they are growing and then look at the details that separate one genus and species from another. Bring a hand lens and lunch or snacks. A hand-out will be provided. Limit 8. Meet at 54 Wedge View Lane, Leavenworth from 9:00 to 1:00. Sign-up by email to before June

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Featured Events

Native Plant Appreciation Week

Native Plant Appreciation Week 2018, April 22 through April 28 is a celebration of Washington's over 3000 native species, from desert plants to rain forest giants. With over 100 events throughout the State, everybody can enjoy, share and learn about Washington's splendid diversity.  Join us, and Governor Jay Inslee, as proclaimed for 2018 and celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week by learning more about Washington's native flora.  

Enjoy information about the WNPS Native Plant Appreciation Week, NPAW, including the calendar of events by county as provided by WNPS and partner organizations.  visit:  www.wnps.org/npaw_main to learn more.

2018 Workshop:
Knowing Your Grasses

June 27, 28, 29, 2018;
Wed & Thur 9-5PM; Fri 9-1PM

University of Washington - Hitchcock Hall, Seattle

"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. WNPS proudly partners with  the UW Herbarium at the Burke Museum to offer this grass identification workshop.  
Photo:  Arrhenatherum elatius by Fred Weinmann

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.