What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in supporting the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS). Our mission is to promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington's native plants and their habitats through study, education and advocacy.

The Central Puget Sound Chapter (CPS) hosts regular monthly membership meetings 7 times a year in Seattle and 4 times a year in Bellevue. Following a brief business discussion and announcements, each meeting features a guest speaker who is an expert on a native plant topic such as native plants found on WA hikes, the impact of climate change and wildfires on native plants, and landscaping with native plants. The Seattle meetings also have a plant identification workshop prior to the start of the meeting.

The CPS Chapter also sponsors a Native Plant Steward training program, which provides 100 hours of free instruction on native plants and environmental stewardship in exchange for a commitment of 100 hours of volunteer work. The organization also has 2 native plant sales a year, where you can find both common and rare species of plants.

For more details about our chapter see: http://www.wnps.org/cps/index3.html

Upcoming events (2)

Heavy Metals in Moss Guide Environmental Justice Investigation: a Seattle Study

Washington Native Plant Society

Heavy metal concentrations often vary at small spatial scales not captured by air monitoring networks. This has implications for environmental justice in industrial-adjacent communities. Pollutants measured in moss tissues are commonly used as a screening tool to guide use of more expensive monitors, like air monitors. Dr Sarah Jovan piloted a community science approach, engaging over 55 people from nine institutions, to map heavy metals using moss in two industrial-adjacent neighborhoods. This area, long known for disproportionately poor air quality, health outcomes, and racial inequities, has only one monitor for heavy metals. Thus, an initial understanding of spatial patterns is critical for gauging whether, where, and how to invest further resources towards investigating heavy metals.

Dr. Sarah Jovan is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, Oregon. She serves as National Lichen Advisor to the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, which monitors the condition of epiphytic lichen communities across U.S. forests for tracking stressors to forest health, like air quality. She recently adapted these protocols for using moss in urban environments to characterize air quality at neighborhood scales overlooked by established monitoring networks.

This free event will be offered online via Zoom. Please register to attend through our event web page: https://www.wnps.org/cps-events/calendar/1745. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This program will be recorded and made available on the WNPS program recordings page: https://www.wnps.org/wnps-annual-events/virtual-events

Photo credit: Dr. Sarah Jovan

Our Backyard Bumbles: An Introduction to Washington’s Bumblebees

The Mountaineers

Bumblebees are some of our most endearing native pollinators. With their furry bodies (and ability to thermoregulate) they are well-adapted to survive in colder and temperate ecosystems, such as those in Washington State. David Jennings will give a presentation on our native bumblebees, their behavior and ecology, and what we can do to help their populations and attract them to our yards. He will also discuss identification tips for our most common bumblebee species. Learning to identify bumblebees can serve as a great introduction to learning about all our native pollinators.

Learn them, respect them, protect them.

David is knowledgeable on bumblebee ecology and identification. He has an academic background in wildlife ecology and conservation. David serves on the board of the Washington Native Bee Society ( https://www.wanativebeesociety.org/ ) and the Washington Butterfly Association (https://wabutterflyassoc.org/ ) David wrote a blog on bees for WNPS for Native Plant Appreciation Month in 2021: https://www.wnps.org/blog/bumbles-in-our-backyards

Public invited, admission is free. Donations are appreciated! Masks are encouraged.

Related to Covid, please check back closer to the date in case we need to move back to a Zoom presentation.

Photo credit: David Jennings

Past events (152)

CPS Native Plant Nursery Work Party

The Brig

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