August 16, 2018 - October 16, 2018

Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants in the Summer

18Aug
(Date: August 18, 2018 8:30AM - 5:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Subalpine meadows are among the most productive habitats for edible plants and medicinal plants. Hopefully, this series of short hikes in Heather Meadows will be timed during the peak of Cascade Blueberry production. Subalpine meadows are also important for medicinal plants. Join us on this relatively easy hike through the meadows in the most beautiful part of the summer. Jazmen Yoder and Jim Davis will lead this identify and taste hike along several trails in the vicinity of Heather Meadows. We

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Olympic Peninsula: Mt. Ellinor

24Aug
(Date: August 24, 2018)Calendar: Olympic PeninsulaFree event

Meet 8:30 AM, at the Hoodsport Ranger/Visitor Station (150 North Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport) to arrange carpools to the trailhead. Mt. Ellinor has spectacular wildflowers including alpine endemics; we’ll capture our observations to start a Native Plant Society list for this hike. In addition to wildflowers, the mountain’s purple argillite top, resting on basalt greenstone geology is stunning, and if the weather is clear we’ll have broad, magnificent views as well. We’ll start hiking at the

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Koma Kulshan Field Trip: High Pass

24Aug
(Date: August 24, 2018 7:30PM - 8:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

This is one of the highest trails in our area, starting at 5200 feet at Twin Lakes, reaching 5950 feet at High Pass, with a rough trail continuing further up the slopes of Mt Larrabee. There will be an interesting variety of plants to study, ripe blueberries to eat, and great views of the North Cascades if it is clear. It is a moderate hike of 5 miles out and back to High Pass. Bring lunch, snacks, water, and extra clothes for weather protection. Meet to carpool at the southeast corner of

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Northeast Washington Chapter: Program and Meeting

28Aug
(Date: August 28, 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.

Calling all Chapters! Free tickets to the Washington State Fair!

31Aug
(Date: August 31, 2018 11:00AM - September 23, 2018)Calendar: South SoundFree event

Volunteers from any and all chapters are needed to work in South Sound chapter’s native plants display in the NW OUTDOORS building at the Washington State Fair. Volunteers will greet fair goers and assist with periodic maintenance of the area and displays. The fair runs from August 31 thru September 23 (closed on Sept 4, 5, 11, and 18). 

If this opportunity interests you, please email Gail Trotter at and let her know when you would be able to

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Editorial: Deadline for submissions for the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Douglasia

1Sep
(Date: September 1, 2018 9:00PM)Calendar: Editorial & CommunicationsFree event

The submission deadline for the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Douglasia is September 1, 2018.

Information for contributors is available HERE.
For Contributors' Guidelines, click HERE.
For WNPS Submissions Checklist, click HERE.
For WNPS Content Publication Permissions Release, click HERE.

CPS: Plant Identification Workshop - Before Program Starts

6Sep
(Date: September 6, 2018 6:00PM - September 7, 2018)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

The Central Puget Sound Chapter offers regular plant identification workshops to help members improve plant ID skills. While the workshop is oriented primarily toward beginners, anyone who wants to work on improving keying skills or their familiarity with the northwest flora is welcome. Our main objectives are practice with technical identification keys, familiarity with plant families, and recognition of common northwest species. No prior experience is necessary; the only requirements are

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CPS: Restoring Abandoned Agricultural Land to Native Oak-Prairie Habitat on Whidbey Island

6Sep
(Date: September 6, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Presented by Robert Palant

Dr. Robert K. Pelant is the founding director of the nonprofit Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) on Whidbey Island.  A veterinarian by training, Pelant worked and lived in Asia, Latin America and Africa for 30 years working on environmentally sound food production at the grassroots and national levels.  PRI is composed of 175 acres of glacial out-wash prairie, oak and fir savanna and fir-hemlock-yew forest.  They currently propagate over 30 species of native plants and have

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Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Nooksack Cirque

8Sep
(Date: September 8, 2018 8:00AM - 6:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

Surrounded by Mt. Shuksan, Ruth Mt, and Icy Peak, and Jagged Ridge, the Nooksack Cirque is so freshly chiseled from the early crust that is looks like the glaciers left only moments ago. Curtains of waterfalls cascade over precipitous edges and add a welcomed mist on a hot summer day. If it weren’t for the poor access, the Cirque would be as popular as Skyline Divide. Be prepared to ford Ruth Creek, bushwhack through old growth forest and slide alder, and scamper along the gravel bars of the

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South Sound: Chapter Meeting and Program Olympia

10Sep
(Date: September 10, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: South SoundFree event

Details for fall program to come.

South Sound: Chapter Meeting and Program Tacoma

12Sep
(Date: September 12, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: South SoundFree event

Details for fall program to come.

Salal: Impromptu Walks/Hikes Throughout Summer

15Sep
(Date: September 15, 2018)Calendar: Salal ChapterFree event

Lucie Johns will continue to schedule and lead plant hikes on short notice during the summer. If you want to be on that list, please send her your email address to .

Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Ptarmigan Ridge

18Sep
(Date: September 18, 2018 8:00AM - 6:00PM)Calendar: Koma KulshanFree event

This late summer hike with spectacular views begins at the end of Mt. Baker Highway at Artists’ Point. We should see a few late-blooming plants, ripe blueberries, and perhaps picas, marmots, and mountain goats. Expect a moderate hike of about 6 or 7 miles, although we could go further depending on the weather and trail conditions. There will likely be some small snow fields to cross. Meet to carpool at the southeast corner of Sunset Square Safeway parking lot for an 8:00 AM departure. Contact Allan

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Okanogan: Alpine Lichens

22Sep
(Date: September 22, 2018 8:00AM)Calendar: OkanoganFree event

Meeting Place: Mazama Store or Winthrop Red Barn

Hike Leader: Peter Neitlich

This is an all day hike that will center around alpine lichens in the Hart's Pass area. You will be looking at a 2 to 3 mile hike in. Be prepared for Fall backcountry weather and bring enough food and water for the day. Terrain will be moderate to difficult, depending on how much scrambling you want to do. You will need sturdy hiking boots for scrambling around off trail. Trail pass is required for Hart's Pass. Don't

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CPS - Eastside Audubon Fall Planting and Education Festival

22Sep
(Date: September 22, 2018 10:00AM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

Get a head start on your fall planting with bulbs and seeds from WNPS, Central Puget Sound chapter! We will be having a booth in partnership with Eastside Audubon's fall native plant sale. It will be held at 21 Acres during the Sammamish Valley Fall Harvest Festival. Eastside Audubon will also have partner booths from Bats Northwest and Rent Mason Bees, and 21 Acres will be hosting a falconry group. We will have over 45 species of plant material. Come join us and get your start on fall

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Northeast Washington Chapter: Program and Meeting

25Sep
(Date: September 25, 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: Dr. Katherine Glew: What Everyone Should Know About Lichens

9Oct
(Date: October 9, 2018 7:00PM)Calendar: Central Puget SoundFree event

The association of a fungus with a green algae and/or cyanobacteria defines lichens.  They are a vital yet overlooked part of our forests ecosystems and rural environments. Lichens can tell us much about the air quality of our local surroundings. The US Forest Service has used lichens to monitor forest health and pollution. Lichens, along with bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) and algae, are currently being studied for their contribution to soil conditioning and stability in rangeland areas.

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Fall 2018 WNPS State Board of Directors Meeting

13Oct
(Date: October 13, 2018 9:30AM)Calendar: WNPSFree event

Check back for confirmation of location, likely in North Bend, in August 2018.

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