Mission Statement

To promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington's native plants and their habitats through study, education, and advocacy.

 New Look for WNPS Website

Welcome to the new look of wnps.org! We had a successful domain transfer and thank you for your patience during this time. Commerce (products, memberships, and donations) will open on the evening of the 18th. There are still a few planned updates on special features this week, but they will not affect the entire site.

To get involved in the project please email .

Participate in Membership Fall Voting

There are three votes for state board positions: Gretchen Graber, Don Schaechtel, and Mark Turner. Another decision to vote on is to maintain the Stewardship Committee as an ad hoc, temporary committee, or convert it to a standing committee, requiring a change in the bylaws. If you have questions about the topics, please consult your chapter chair or state board members with inquiries. Vote online.    

 Read about votes/vote with paper ballot (.pdf).

Join WNPS as a Member

Join the community of plant enthusiasts, whether you are a botanist, hobbyist, parent, or gardener.

Explore with Others!

Find something to do across the state with like-minded friends. We recommend a lecture, plant sale, or hike!

Donate for a Difference

WNPS is dedicated to the conservation of plants and their habitats, all possible because of our passionate members.

Chapter Pages

Find a chapter to get involved with or visit one while on vacation. These pages feature the twelve chapters across the state with regional reources, projects, special programs, events and more.  Explore what is in your neighborhood and find out how you can get involved.


No need to stay in the dark! WNPS keeps you connected with a monthly eNewsletter featuring blog articles, upcoming events, and important announcements. Open to anyone. If you're thinking about becoming a member, this is a great way to find out what the organization is all about.

Visit Blog

Botanical Rambles, is curated by Sarah Gage. She is a writer and editor, a broad-spectrum botanist, a cranky gardener, and an accidental bureaucrat. Others have also contributed content as experts in their field covering many subjects including slugs, invasive species control, gardening, and places to hike or visit.


View at a glance all the WNPS events coming up across the state. There are several ways to view and stay connected. Start planning your vacation and visit another chapter's programs.


These pages include directories, policies, forms, annual reports, and more. We hope these pages will make navigating for documents easier so you have more time to get outside.

Contact Us

Call the office, email us, find a board member to connect with. Please feel free to reach out to us with your questions and concerns.


Upcoming WNPS Events

Saturday, October, 13, 2018 9:30AM
2018 WNPS State Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, November, 15, 2018 9:00PM
Education Grants - Due Nov 15

Upcoming Chapter Events

Friday, August, 31, 2018 11:00AM - Sunday, September, 23, 2018
Calling all Chapters! Free tickets to the Washington State Fair!
Tuesday, September, 18, 2018 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Koma Kulshan Field Trip: Ptarmigan Ridge
Thursday, September, 20, 2018 5:00PM
Wenatchee Valley: Native Plant Tour of Ohme Gardens
Saturday, September, 22, 2018 8:00AM
Okanogan: Alpine Lichens
Saturday, September, 22, 2018 10:00AM
CPS - Fall Bulb and Seed Sale
Tuesday, September, 25, 2018 7:00PM
Northeast Washington Chapter: Program and Meeting
Saturday, October, 6, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Columbia Basin: Heritage Garden Landscaping Class
Monday, October, 8, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM
South Sound Presentation: Restoration and the Elwha Dam

Botanical Rambles

04 September 2018
Botany Washington 2018, co-sponsored by WNPS and WTU. Photo: Don Jacobson. The Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture , also known as WTU, have a long-stand...
27 August 2018
Editor's note: Katelyn Vancouver and I crossed paths at the Burke Museum's Environmental Writing Workshop in April. EarthCorps is a neighbor of the Washington Native Plant Society office in Magnuson Park.  I hope readers of Botanical R...
30 July 2018
  Last summer I trained for a 9-day hike, which led me up the stony, steep, and well-traveled trail of West Tiger 3 near Issaquah several times. While not a botanical barnburner, the West Tiger 3 trail has its floral pleasures. Lois Kemp put tog...
28 July 2018
Bumble bee on balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)Photo: Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office It's the height of summer—a busy and lazy time of year. Here are several options to increase your enjoyment and engagement with Washington's n...