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 (5+)

Greater Seattle Native Bee Populations & Land Use Practices that Affect Them

Join local bee researcher Will Peterman and restoration expert Nelson Salisbury as we explore the world of our native bee populations, their life strategies and the land use practices that can change populations and abundance. The first half of the session will be led by Will Peterman, co-author of "Bees of the Puget Sound Lowlands". Several years of bee studies on Port of Seattle properties have yielded some fascinating observations about short and long-term changes in populations due to habitat changes. The second half of this session will be led by Nelson Salisbury, co-author of “Native Pollinator Habitat Restoration Guide”, who will help us to understand how our restoration practices can impact pollinator habitat – both in positive and negative ways. Registration is Required. PLEASE REGISTER AT: nativebees.brownpapertickets.com, Admission is $10 for all WNPS members and Native Plant Stewards and $20 for the general public. Waivers and information can be requested by calling or texting (206)[masked] or email at [masked]. Photo Credit: Will Peterman

CPS Native Plant Nursery Work Party

The Brig

The Central Puget Sound Chapter nursery grows plants for our annual plant sale and for stewardship giveaways to replant in neighborhood open spaces. We host a regular monthly work party on the first Friday of the month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Come by to socialize and learn about native plant propagation while supporting a great organization. Please dress appropriately as the work is outside. If you are interested in more information regarding the upcoming work party contact Brenda Clifton at [masked]. The nursery is located in Magnuson Park BEHIND The Brig at 6344 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA[masked]

On the Hunt for True Bogs: Understanding Washington Peatlands

The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

What is a bog? Are there bogs in Washington State? Like many common names for ecosystems, the term ‘bog’ has a varied history of use and meaning in both a scientific and nontechnical context. This results in miscommunication about conservation values, hydrological settings, management issues, and regulatory guidance. In this presentation, the distinctions between bog and other peatland types will be explored along with a discussion of the regional factors controlling peatland distribution and the ecological drivers affecting the composition and structure of vascular and nonvascular species. The role human use and management has played in the development of Washington’s peatlands will be briefly explored. The Washington Natural Heritage Program utilized this information as the foundation for classifying Washington’s peatland types. A primary objective of the classification is to develop a standardized terminology to characterize Washington’s peatland types and thus provide clarity to wetland regulatory definitions, more resolution to peatland conservation priorities, and ecologically informed restoration and management guidance. We will review the classification approach and discuss the various peatland types found across Washington State, with emphasis on those peatlands found in the Puget lowlands. Joe Rocchio is the Senior Vegetation Ecologist for Washington Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program (WNHP). His primary responsibilities are to maintain a statewide ecosystem classification, develop and implement methods to assess ecological integrity, and identify ecosystem conservation priorities. Although he works with all of Washington’s ecosystems, wetlands (especially peatlands) are his expertise. His passion for peatlands began during his undergraduate schooling, when Joe had an opportunity to visit Pinhook Bog at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. He was fascinated by the bog’s unique flora and stunned that something so ancient still existed within his childhood landscape of northwest Indiana. This interest led Joe to the University of Washington, where his graduate research focused on peatland restoration in western Washington. He then spent nine years as the Colorado Natural Heritage Program’s Wetland Ecologist where he conducted inventories for rare and high-quality wetlands, with an emphasis on fens. Since joining WNHP in 2007, a significant portion of his work has focused on Washington’s peatlands. He developed a statewide classification of Washington’s bogs and fens, conducted statewide inventories of high-quality peatlands, and recently initiated research to study the effects of surrounding land use on the vegetation, hydrological regime, and water chemistry of western Washington bogs. Joe has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University and M.S. in Ecosystem Analysis from the University of Washington. Doors open at 6:00 PM for the Native Plant Identification Workshop; Program begins at 7:00 PM. Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is free. Donations are appreciated!

Bellevue Botanical Garden Work Party

Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005

• What we'll do We are excited to learn that the Bellevue Botanical Garden has received a King Conservation District grant to revamp the Native Discovery Garden. The path reconfiguration work is scheduled to happen in January. Our goal at this work party will be to plant several trees, and do some tidying. The long term goal of this winter will be to finish planting the garden and getting everything in shape for the Native Discovery Garden Grand Reopening, planned for May 12. Our work parties help steward and diversify the large urban forest abutting the BBG and also allow us to gain greater exposure by tapping into the Gardens’ large audience. Additionally our partnership provides us with free meeting space, which allows the WNPS to host free educational events on the Eastside. Meet in the gathering area left of the main entrance at 9:45. To RSVP, please contact Janka Hobbs directly at [masked]. • What to bring Bring water and gardening tools if you wish to use your own. • Important to know Dress for the weather.

Past events (52)

Butterflies and Garden Habitat with Julie O'Donald

Sammamish Library Meeting Room

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