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The Nevada Native Plant Society (NNPS) is a non-profit corporation organized solely for educational, scientific and charitable purposes for the stimulation of interest in and the developing of an appreciation for native Nevada plants and their preservation.



The Society is supported entirely by membership dues, gifts, and various fundraising activities. All interested in learning more about, conserving, growing, or just seeing and appreciating the 2800+ wild plant species of Nevada and the adjacent Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and eastern Sierra Nevada regions are encouraged to join and participate.

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2016 Photo Contest

It's time for our fourth photo contest!  The photos will be used to create a NNPS Calendar for 2017. Each member may submit up to four photos. Please do not submit photos that were entered in previous years. 

Photos must not contain watermarks, trademarks, or other personally identifiable markings. The photographers will be credited on the calendar. The original photos must be at least 3300 pixels wide and/or 2500 pixels tall to print properly.  The webmaster will contact photographers for original photos after the voting.

Submission Deadline September 22nd, 2016.   Voting for favorites will begin September 30th.

We are also taking pre-orders for the calendars.  This allows us to order the right number of calendars.  Pre-ordered calendars will be available at cost plus postage (or pick up for free in Reno, Carson City, or Henderson) but we will not know the cost for each until we have the order ready.  We anticipate a printing cost between $10 and $12 depending on the number of calendars ordered.  The calendar will also be available for purchase from our online store.

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2016 Pollinator Week Event

Come celebrate pollinators of Nevada at the UNR Biggest Little Pollinator Garden on June 22, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!  Located in the courtyard of the Fleischmann Agriculture building at the south end of the UNR campus!  We'll have garden tours, pollinator talks from local experts, native bee and butterfly specimens, a bug petting zoo, poster and plant giveaways, native bee house making, and more! We can't wait and hope to see many of you there!

June Announcements

NV Bugs and Butterflies t-shirt design
Nevada Bugs and Butterflies (our February 2016 presenter) is raising funds for their pollinator education program. Supporters receive a t-shirt that highlights 15 types of bees that are native to Northern Nevada. The t-shirt campaign closes on June 23rd, so don't miss out. Visit https://www.booster.com/nevadabees to get your t-shirt and donate.

Julie Carville, author of Lingering in Tahoe’s Wild Gardens and Hiking Tahoe’s Wildflower Trails is publishing a new book titled Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails. The book features 21 scenic wildflower trails along with a wildflower and tree guide with color photographs.  Available June 7, 2016, Retails for $29.95. Julie will be visiting Reno area book stores on June 11th and is the speaker for our September meeting. Contact: Julie Carville, mtngypsypress@gmail.com, 530-265-4741.

2016 Field Trips

April 15th 5:30 pm - Red Hill, Reno.  A short mid- week trip to Red Hills to see early spring flowers on the slopes of altered andesite. Our Leaders for this trip will be Rose Strickland and Dennis Ghiglieri. The destination is on the west end of Dandini Road in north Reno directions are in the following link https://goo.gl/maps/veoyMSzMWx22 We will meet in the gravel parking lot just northeast of the roundabout. Contact rosenreno@sbcglobal.net  (775) 329-6118 dnnevada@sbcglobal.net. Delayed due to muddy conditions.

 April 16th 10:00 am  Jacks Valley Wildlife Management Area, Carson City. Celebrate national Citizen Science day with the second annual Great Monkey Flower Hunt. It’s been a good year for monkey-flowers and they are already starting to bloom in late March. This year’s monkey-flower search will be at Jack’s Valley at 10 am in the area south of the elementary school. Park in the dirt lot on the west side of the Jack’s Valley Elementary School on Jack’s Valley Road (south end of Carson City). We will walk east and south from the parking area toward the city wells (large concrete boxes.)

April 23rd - Peavine Mountain, Reno. Trip to summit of Peavine Mountain to see Claytonia umbellatum. This tiny succulent grows in the sharp broken basalt scree veins near the summit blooming just as the snow leaves. Our leader for this trip will be John Weiser.

Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 9:00 a.m. to carpool.  Our final meeting place will be at the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot located at 120 Lemmon Drive in North Reno at 10:00 a.m.  After meeting up, we will carpool to Peavine.  The road to the summit is generally a good one and four-wheel drive vehicles should not be required. Contact johnpweiser@yahoo.com  (775) 331-4485

April 24thth 10:00am – 6:00pm Idlewild Park, Reno.  Earth Day If you would like to help out, please email Sarah Kulpa at vicepresident@nvnps.org.

April 30th-May 1st open

May 5th 5:30 pm - UNR, Reno.  Pot Luck Picnic at Pollinator Garden, located north of the Max Fleischmann Agricultural Building on the UNR campus. Due to the forecast for bad weather and construction in the garden, we will be meeting in the usual classroom upstairs. Contact John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com  775-331-4485 or Sarah Kulpa vicepresident@nvnps.org 775-861-6340.

 May 5th - 7:00 pm - Moana Nursery, Reno. We have been invited to attend a presentation sponsored by the Orchid Society of Northern Nevada at Moana Nursery Landscape and Design Center located at 1100 W Moana Ln, Reno, NV (NW corner of parking lot). The talk will be an overview of orchid species native to the Sierra Nevada Range.

May 7th open

May 8th Mother’s Day

May 12th - 6:30 pm Wilbur D. May Museum, Reno, NV.  Nevada Bugs and Butterflies and the UNR Museum of Natural History are sponsoring a talk entitled "Getting to Know the Bees in your Backyard" by Dr. Joseph Wilson.  Dr. Wilson is an assistant professor of biology at Utah State University and author of the newly published (and beautiful) book The bees in your backyard: A guide to North America's bees. Copies of the book will be for sale and Dr. Wilson will be signing books following the talk.  Located at the Wilbur D. May Museum which is inside Rancho San Rafael Park at 1596 North Sierra St., Reno.  Please visit http://nevadabugs.org/ for more informaton.  

May 14th - Schurz, NV.  Search for Grusonia pulchella south of Fallon near the little town of Schurz, NV. 
The majority of this cactus’s range is through central Nevada. Grusonia pulchella differs from other North American opuntioid cacti in having a geophytic habit, where above-ground growth dies back to the crown in adverse conditions, and resprouts under more favorable conditions. Authors have described the underground storage structure as a "tuberous root". These tubers can be rather large, twice the size of a soft ball with thick tap roots running off in different directions  The flowers are bright magenta/pink with a single layer of petals with a crepe like texture.
For those leaving from Reno meet at the Doughboy’s Donuts shop located in the South Town Shopping Center at 57 Damonte Ranch Parkway by 8:00 am. 
We will meet Carson City area members at the Save Mart at 3620 N. Carson St. located at the intersection of West College Parkway and north Carson Street, departing for Schurz at 9:00 am. https://goo.gl/maps/Z6tndvKjUk52
Bring water, lunch and be prepared for any kind of weather.
Our leader will be Charlene Duncan contact cirsium.down@gmail.com  (775) 530-7458 or John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com (775) 331-4485.
 
May 21st  – Fallon Area Field trip to see Penstemon arenarius (Nevada sanddune beardtongue)
Penstemon arenarius an endemic found only in Nevada. We will be traveling to the sagebrush steppe northeast of Fallon and travel on backroads toward the south. With the moisture we have had, this should be a great year for steppe flowers. Our leader will be Gary Monroe.
Bring water, lunch and be prepared for any kind of weather.
Those coming from Carson City should meet at the Save Mart at 3620 N. Carson St. Located at the intersection of West College Parkway and north Carson Street. At 8:00 am. https://goo.gl/maps/4dwgA6GbEcK2
If coming from Reno, leave from the west parking lot at the Sparks Marina located at 300 Howard Drive, at 9:00 am.
The two groups will meet at the Fallon Rest Area located north of Fallon at the Junction of U.S. 95 and   I-80 by 10:15am. 
The trip will end at Brady’s Hot Springs. Those from Fallon might want to retrace their steps back to US 95. The road from US 95 is dirt and gravel, but it should be usable by sedans. A high clearance vehicle might be advisable as there may be places where water is across the road with the rain we have been having this year
Gary Monroe Call (775) 359-4863 or email g.monroe@att.net or John Weiser (775) 331-4485 email johnpweiser@yahoo.com

May 22nd 10 am-3:00 pm - Sparks. Open house at the John Weiser’s dry land native garden. Located at 485 O’Brien Way, Sparks NV. Contact johnpweiser@yahoo.com (775) 331-4485

May 26th  5:30pm - Red Hill, Reno. A short mid- week trip to Red Hills to see six species of Eriogonum in bloom on the slopes of altered andesite. Our Leaders for this trip will be Rose Strickland and Dennis Ghiglieri. The destination is on the west end of Dandini Road in north Reno directions are in the following link https://goo.gl/maps/veoyMSzMWx22 We will meet in the gravel parking lot just northeast of the roundabout. Steep rocky slopes and narrow trails.  Please wear sturdy shoes.  Contact rosenreno@sbcglobal.net  (775) 329-6118 dnnevada@sbcglobal.net.

May 28th open

May 29th - Silver Springs, NV. Trip to Churchill Narrows to see Eriogonum diatomaceum our leaders for this trip will be John Weiser and Gary Monroe. This Eriogonum is a rare endemic restricted to the diatomaceous deposits of the Churchill Narrows area in Lyon County, NV. There are many other interesting plants to see growing on these unique soils.
For those leaving from Reno meet at the Doughboy’s Donuts shop located in the South Town Shopping Center at 57 Damonte Ranch Parkway by 8:00 am. We will meet Carson City area members at the Save Mart at 3620 N. Carson St. located at the intersection of West College Parkway and north Carson Street, departing for Chuchill Narrows at 9:00 am
Contact  Gary Monroe g.monroe@att.net (775) 359-4863 or John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com (775) 331-4485.

May 30th - Beckwourth, CA. Annual Memorial Day Foray with Bill and Nancy Harnach along the Feather River in Plumas County, CA .  They conduct this event for the local public so this will not be a typical NNPS field trip. The plan is to explore the edges of the Feather River as it passes through Sierra Valley. We will meet the group under the bridge at the intersection of Hwy 70 and Co. Rd. A23; our goal is to be on site by 10:00 am. Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 7:50 am to carpool. Plan on heading to the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 8:00 am. Those traveling from Reno will meet at the Lemon Drive McDonalds at 9:00 am to await the arrival of the southern contingent. We will leave the second meeting point at 9:15 am traveling north on Hwy 395 to Hwy 70 (Quincy turnoff). Just past the town of Beckwourth is the Calpine turnoff (Co. Rd. A23). Turn left, cross over the Bridge and promptly turn left at the end of the bridge, traveling downhill into the parking lot. Contact billh@digitalpath.net (530) 944 3464 or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com 775-331-4485

June 4th 8am to noon - Reno. May Arboretum Society annual plant sale.

June 5th - Plumas County, CA.  Trip to see the vernal pool areas of Sierra Valley. This will be a joint field trip in conjunction with the CNPS Council meeting. The Leader for this trip will be Bill Harnach.  Our goal is to be on site by 10:00 am. Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 7:50 am to carpool to Reno, meeting Reno members at the McDonalds Restaurant located at 120 Lemon Drive in north Reno by 9:00 am. We will leave at 9:15 am traveling north on Hwy 395 to Hwy 70 (Quincy turnoff). Just past the town of Beckwourth is the Calpine turnoff (Co. Rd. A23). Turn left, heading south 9.8 miles to Calpine Rd., turn right  travel 1.3 miles to Calpine--turn right onto Hwy 89--left onto Main Street--right on to County Road the Post Office Park will be .2 miles ahead on the left.

Contact Bill Harnach billh@digitalpath.net (530) 944 3464 or John Weiser at johnpweiser@yahoo.com 775-331-4485

 

June 10th-12th Sunflower Flat, Wild Horse, NV.  Canceled due to injury. Contact Janel for more info.

Sunflower Flat is located in Elko County on the Mountain City Ranger District north of Wild Horse Reservoir. There are several rare plants species found in this area including meadow pussytoes, Owyhee sagebrush, least Phacelia, and Sunflower Flat buckwheat.

There are three camping options and one lodging option.

-Dispersed camping is allowed up to 16 days per site on Forest Service land.  No amenities, no fees, please use pre-existing campsites within 100 feet of a road and more than 100 feet from water.

-The nearest campground is at Big Bend campground, which can accommodate tents and small trailers/campers.  There are pit toilets and picnic tables, no water available, $8 per night. This campground will be our meeting spot and we will leave announcements about our planned activities here.

-Wild Horse State Park is about 35 minutes south at Wild Horse Reservoir. It can accommodate large RVs, offers toilets and showers, and is $14 per night.

-Dunn’s Wild Horse Ranch and Resort is about 45 minutes south and offers rooms, an RV park, restaurant, convenience store, and gas.  Call 775-758-6472 for reservations. More lodging and dining options are available in Mountain City, about an hour west of Big Bend.

The main roads in the area of Sunflower Flat are dirt and gravel, easily navigated by Subarus and mid-clearance vehicles. Some of the side trips may require higher clearance vehicles. A Forest Service District map is highly recommended to reference road numbers for navigation.

Janel will be working in the area from the afternoon of June 9th until the morning of June 12th, check at Big Bend campground for daily activities. Meet at Big Bend Campground at 8 am each morning to discuss sites to visit during the day.

Map Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-f34WXvgPG2Oehnz7o9B4WC14Wg&usp=sharing

Contact Janel Johnson if you have questions: jdjohnson@heritage.nv.gov, 775-684-2911.

June 18th open

June 19th - Peavine Mountain, Reno. Base of Peavine Mountain to see the only known population of Lilium kelleyanumin in NV. Meet at the McDonalds on Lemmon Valley Drive at 10:00. Bring water and lunch. The road is too rough for sedans. Need something with a high clearance. No sedans. Our leader will be Gary Monroe. Contact g.monroe@att.net (775) 359-4863

June 25th open

June 26th open

June 23rd-27th Penstemon Society meeting in Fairmont, MT

July 2nd - Peavine Mountain, Reno.  Trip to summit of Peavine Mountain to see Phlox condensata and numerous other flowers in bloom. With the extra moisture we had this winter we should have a great show on Peavine this season Our leader will be John Weiser. Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at 9:00 a.m. to carpool.  Our final meeting place will be at the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot located at 120 Lemmon Drive in North Reno at 10:00 a.m.  After meeting up, we will carpool to Peavine.  The road to the summit is generally a good one and four-wheel drive vehicles should not be required. Contact johnpweiser@yahoo.com  (775) 331 4485

July 3rd-4th Independence Day weekend

July 9th-10th open

July 16th-17th open

July 23rd open

July 24th - Reno. Bioblitz Idelwild Park,  organized by the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

July 30th - Squaw Valley, California 10:40am-2pm/6pm. WILDFLOWER HIKE AT SQUAW VALLEY HIGH CAMP AND OPTIONAL SHIRLEY CANYON TRAIL Joint venture of Tahoe Institute of Natural Science and Nevada Native Plant Society – Public attendance welcome

Trip leader: Tom Schuster (Dipl.-Ing.)

This trip will focus primarily on wildflowers but may also include some observations of birds, insects and mammals. Hopefully we will encounter the following in bloom: Buckwheats, Beardtongues, Jewelflowers, Monkeyflowers, Columbines, Orchids, Monkshoods, Lilies, Lupines, Paintbrushes, Larkspurs, Ferns and many more. This shall be a magnificent day!

Meet at the tram lobby at 10.15am to catch the first tram at 10:40am (Park at the main parking lot of the Village at Squaw Valley). Tram cost: $44; $10 discount for anyone purchasing their ticket at a minimum of 24 hours in advance online directly through the following Squaw’s website:

https://store.squawalpine.com/eStore/Content/Commerce/Products/DisplayProducts.aspx?ProductGroupCode=8&ProductCategoryCode=579

(Please make sure to obtain tickets in time to not jeopardize your ride of the first tram.)

Those traveling from the Reno/Carson area should meet in North West Reno at
the IHOP parking lot at the corner of I-80 and West McCarran at 9:15 a.m. sharp to
carpool – carpool with people with the same interest in trip choice!

Hike details:

First part: Our starting point will be High Camp (Elev.: 8,200’) from where we will hike and explore the gentle trail of the High Camp Loop. Approximately 1.3miles round trip. This part of the hike will be easy to moderate and probably will last 2 hours. This should be lots of fun seeing many flowers without a great effort to get to a high elevation and great views.

Subsequent lunch around High Camp (starting point). Attendees who do not want to / cannot hike down the Shirley Canyon Trail can opt to end their trip at this time, sign out and descend via tram.

Second part: From High Camp we will descend (via a short section of Solitude Trail) the Shirley Canyon Trail. Elev. loss 2,100‘; length 3.6miles. This part of the trip is very well-known for its abundance and diversity of habitats and wildflowers, spectacular granite boulders and waterfalls. However, we will traverse some technical steep granite boulder and rock areas (see below hiking equipment). Assumed duration for this part approximately 4 hours. Since descending is faster/easier than ascending I believe we have more time to focus on wildflowers than breathing. J

Bring sufficient water and food (depending on your choice of parts of trip), sunscreen, good hiking boots (and maybe walking sticks) and your favorite wildflower guide, hand lenses, binoculars and dress appropriately for alpine hiking in general.

I would be thrilled to have you join me on this trip.

Further general information: http://squawalpine.com/

Check our websites before trip date in case of cancellations due to inclement mountain weather!

Trip leader: Tom Schuster (Dipl.-Ing), tom-mail@sbcglobal.net / (775) 247-9312.
Additional contacts: John Weiser, johnpweiser@yahoo.com(775)-331-4485 and T. Will Richardson, Ph.D., will@tinsweb.org, (530)-587-6895.

Aug 6th-7th open

Aug 13th-14th or Aug 20th -21st - Truckee, CA. Trip to Castle Peak to find Lewisia longipetala. Canceled. If you would like to volunteer to lead this trip in Gary's place, please contact John Weiser, johnpweiser@yahoo.com, (775) 331 4485.

Aug 27th - Tahoe City, CA. Barker Pass southwest of Tahoe City. We hope to see Primula suffrutescens, Epilobium canum ssp. Latifolium and Gentiana calycosa.  We will have great vistas of the Desolation  Wilderness to the west and Lake Tahoe to the east. This is a moderate hike on established trails and ridge tops.

Those traveling from the Carson area should meet at the Save Mart at the corner of College and Carson Streets, in Carson City at7:45 a.m. to carpool.  Our final meeting place will be at the McDonalds Restaurant parking lot located at  5148 Mae Anne Ave, Reno NV.  at 8:30 a.m.   Exit I 80 at the intersection with West Macarran Blvd. turning right.  You will be traveling north toward Mae Anne Ave. You will see the golden arches on the left before you reach the intersection with Mae Anne.  https://goo.gl/maps/88T3foe2sQM2
 The road to the summit of Barker Pass is a good one and four-wheel drive vehicles should not be required. John Weiser johnpweiser@yahoo.com  (775) 331 4485  or Gary Monroe.  g.monroe@att.net (775) 359-4863

Sep. 3rd - 4th open

Sep.9th - 10th open

Sep 17th -18th open

Sep 15th-19th Eriogonum Society Annual Meeting in Baker, CA

 



 

2016 Calendars Available Soon

The 2016 calendars will be available for shipping after October 29th. They will also be available for purchase at the November Reno meeting.

2015 Photo Contest

Hi Everyone,
It's time for our fourth photo contest!  The photos will be used to create a NNPS Calendar for 2016. Each member may submit up to four photos. Please do not submit photos that were entered in previous years. 

Photos must not contain watermarks, trademarks, or other personally identifiable markings. The photographers will be credited on the calendar. The original photos must be at least 3300 pixels wide and/or 2500 pixels tall to print properly.  The webmaster will contact photographers for original photos after the voting.

Submission Deadline September 28th, 2015.   Voting for favorites will begin September 30th.

We are also taking pre-orders for the calendars.  This allows us to order the right number of calendars.  Pre-ordered calendars will be available at cost plus postage (or pick up for free in Reno, Carson City, or Henderson) but we will not know the cost for each until we have the order ready.  We anticipate a printing cost between $10 and $12 depending on the number of calendars ordered.  The calendar will also be available for purchase from our online store.

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2015 Meetings

FALL PROGRAMS
November 5, 2015: Reno - John Weiser, NNPS member and avid native plant gardener, will show highlights from the annual Eriogonum Society meeting field trips, which will be held in late July in the Reno vicinity, along with highlights from other NNPS field trips of the season.

October 1, 2015: Reno - Sarah Barga, UNR graduate student and recipient of the Margaret Williams Research Grant. She will present a program about her research on The Ecology of Great Basin Forbs.

September 3, 2015: Reno - Bill Harnach, NNPS member and Sierra Valley resident, will give a presentation on the rich flora of Sierra Valley. Sierra Valley is a huge down-faulted basin with Great Basin-like sagebrush vegetation but west-side Sierran hydrology which flows into the Feather River system. Come join us for our first fall meeting and program of the year.

PAST PROGRAMS

May 7, 2015: Reno - Notice: Change of venue due to wet weather! Tina Nappe has offered the use of her home (615 Robinson Court) as an alternate location. Map - Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Picnic and last gathering during the spring. Come celebrate the Nevada Native Plant Society's 40th Anniversary! We'll meet at the picnic tables south of the entrance to the Arboretum Loop near the east parking area on San Rafael Drive, anytime after 5 pm until dusk. Bring a dish or a beverage to share, your own tableware, and a folding chair, if you desire. There will be a special NNPS anniversary cake for everyone.

April 2, 2015: Reno - Steve Matson, Botanical photographer extraordinaire contributing to CalPhotos, will give a presentation titled Botanizing Big Pine.

March 5, 2015: Reno - Israel (Temitope) Borokini, UNR graduate student, will present The African death tree is dying about a species native to his homeland, Nigeria. Join us prior to the meeting at 5:30pm for dinner at Gratefull Gardens on the second floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union located just southeast of Lawlor Events Center and near the Virginia Street parking garage.

February 5, 2015: Reno - Dr. Beth Leger, UNR Associate Professor and Associate Director of Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Graduate Program, will present a talk entitled What can we learn from dry, dead plants? Why we all should contribute specimens to our local herbarium.


2015 Nevada Native Plant Society Calendar is now available

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