Wenatchee Valley Chapter
The Wenatchee Valley chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society encompasses Chelan and Douglas Counties. Highlights within the area include the eastside Cascade Mountain forests, alpine meadows and peaks, the Columbia River, Lake Wenatchee and Lake Chelan, Columbia Basin basalts, and the shrub-steppe. The serpentine soils of the Wenatchee Mountains provide a unique habitat and soil conditions for plants to evolve. Our region is a veritable hotspot of endemic plant species, with one of the largest concentrations in the state. Join our chapter on one of our many adventures to explore the unique habitats that this area has to offer.
Since being founded by Julie Sanderson in the early 1990's, the chapter has hosted three study weekends, successfully acquired three state WNPS education grants, hosted a native plant stewardship course and helped fund a native plant demonstration garden in north Wenatchee. The chapter offers winter public education talks October through March and plant hikes during the warmer months, even an occasional snowshoe foray for lichens. For a over a decade, we have joined forces with local partners, such as the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, to lead wildflower hikes. We currently have over 100 members and counting; come join us! You can find WNPS membership and payment details in the Become a Member pages, and of course, remember to choose Wenatchee Valley as your chapter.