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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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2015 Meetings

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.

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.

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.


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

Need a last minute holiday gift?  How about the 2015 Nevada Native Plant Society Calendar! Visit our online store for purchasing. 

Voting now open for the 2014 Photo Contest

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for the contest!

Click here to view the entries.  Rate photos by clicking the stars at the bottom.  The entries with the best ratings will be used for the calendar.  Voting closes September 22nd.

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NNPS is now supported through Amazon Smile

You can now support NNPS by shopping through our Amazon Smile link. For each purchase made through Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the sale price to your chosen charity. It doesn't change the prices or the way you shop and it doesn't cost NNPS anything either. Please feel free to share our link with others. 


2014 Photo Contest

Hi Everyone,
It's time for our third photo contest!  The photos will be used to create a NNPS Calendar for 2015. 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 5th, 2014.   Voting for favorites will begin September 7th.

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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2014 Officers and Board Members

We have the election results in and our officers and Board members for 2014 are:


President: Janel Johnson (775) 684-2911, president@nvnps.org
Vice President: Sarah Kulpa vicepresident@nvnps.org
Recording Secretary: Pat Neyman (775) 265-7918, secretary@nvnps.org
Treasurer: Leif Larsen  treasurer@nvnps.org
Corresponding Secretary: Arnold Tiehm (775) 329-1645, membership@nvnps.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (with expiration date)
Ann Pinzl 11/16
Elizabeth Bergstrom 11/14
Cayenne Engle 11/14
Erin Hourihan 11/16
Gary Reese 11/15
Charlene Duncan 11/15

Committee chairs are listed on the Members Home page.

2013 Officers

We have the election results in and our officers and Board members for 2013 are:


President: Janel Johnson (775) 684-2911, president@nvnps.org
Vice President: Sarah Kulpa vicepresident@nvnps.org
Recording Secretary: Pat Neyman (775) 265-7918, secretary@nvnps.org
Treasurer: Leif Larsen  treasurer@nvnps.org
Corresponding Secretary: Arnold Tiehm (775) 329-1645, membership@nvnps.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (with expiration date)
DeVon Ekenstam 11/13
Ann Pinzl 11/13
Elizabeth Bergstrom 11/14
Cayenne Engle 11/14
Gary Reese 11/15
Empty 11/15

Committee chairs are listed on the Members Home page.

Margaret Williams Research Grant Proposals due February 1st

Proposals for the Margaret Williams Research Grants are due February 1st of each year.  Please visit the Grants page fro more information.

These grants are designed to facilitate basic botanical research and increase our understanding of Nevada's native and naturalized flora. The research should cover some aspect of our flora from single species to whole communities or ecosystems. Research can include, but is not limited to, disciplines such as conservation, landscape analysis, ecology, biogeography, or taxonomy.

Wildflower books now available on the web

Member Judy Davis has volunteered to fill book orders for us.  Check out the new listing in our web store.


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