Meetings and Events

2011 Meetings

December 5, 2011: Henderson - Annual potluck and picture share. Bring a dish to share and your best botanical pictures (known and unknown) from this year.


November 7, 2011: Henderson
• Speakers - Hermi and John Hiatt
• Elections: Please think about whether you are interested in running for any office! Nominations for office must be in by October 28, 2011. Please send nominations for officers to Pat Neyman at secretary@nvnps.org.


November 3, 2011: Reno
• Janel will present photos from our field trip to Winnemucca Lake.
• Elections: Nominations for office must be in by October 28, 2011. Please send nominations for officers to Pat Neyman at secretary@nvnps.org.


October 6, 2011: Reno - Jason Alexander, Curator of Utah Valley University Herbarium, will present a program titled The Intermountain Block Checklist Project & the role of herbaria as a tool for monitoring the long-term effects of climate change.



October 3, 2011:Henderson - Grass identification workshop. We will have some local botanists that enjoy the challenge of keying and identifying grasses, and we'll provide some dissecting scopes, hand lenses, a whole pile of guides and grass specific keys, some samples.

This could be an opportunity for those with samples but haven't taken the time to key them out to work on it and have some folks to discuss them with, or, for those that are novices, we'll start from the beginning with diagramming and discussing the important plant parts and we'll have some samples to play with.

Bring along samples or just interest.



September 12, 2011 (Later date due to Labor Day Weekend): Henderson - Dr. Jason Alexander, curator of the Utah Valley University herbarium, will give a presentation entitled “The Intermountain Block Checklist Project & the role of herbaria as a tool for monitoring the long-term effects of climate change”.
At this meeting, Sharon Schafer, artist of the new eastern Mojave wildflower poster will be available for poster signing. The image depicts 46 eastern Mojave wildflowers. Actual size of the poster is 22 x 33.75 inches. Retail price is $15 ($12 NNPS members, 5 poster limit) with all proceeds going to the Nevada Native Plant Society. We will be looking for some volunteers for filling orders
starting at the September meeting and NNPS is currently working out sourcing and pricing for mailing posters to enable online ordering.



September 1, 2011: Reno - Lee Turner, Nevada Department of Wildlife, will present Vegetation Restoration in Nevada: The Good, the Bad, and the Native versus Non-Native


June 6, 2011: Henderson - John Brinda will be presenting information on bryophyte diversity and distribution at Joshua Tree National Park and Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument.



May 5, 2011: Reno - NNPS member John Weiser will host the evening meeting at his home in Sparks to show his garden of Penstemons, Eriogonums, cacti, and wildflowers. Please call John at 775-331-4485 for directions to his garden. DO NOT GO TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING ROOM ON VALLEY ROAD. Arrive about 6:00 pm with potluck appetizers to share and beverages for an early evening outdoors. Here’s a link to his photo sharing site for a preview of plants we may see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/


May 2, 2011: Henderson - Kent Ostler will be giving a presentation about rare plants on the Nevada National Security Site.



April 7, 2011: Reno – Gary Reese, Senior Biologist with Logan Simpson Design, will give a program entitled State of Change: using rephotographic survey photography to detect 140 years of change to Nevada's cultural and biological landscapes.



April 4, 2011: Henderson – Gary Reese, Senior Biologist with Logan Simpson Design, will give a program entitled State of Change: using rephotographic survey photography to detect 140 years of change to Nevada's cultural and biological landscapes.



March 7, 2011: Henderson Chris Roberts will be presenting results from his thesis work resampling vegetation plots in the Newberry Mountains after 30 years to look at patterns of vegetation change through time.



March 3, 2011: Reno – Sarah Kulpa, Botanist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present a talk on Historic and Contemporary Vegetation on Anaho Island, NV.


February 7, 2011: Henderson - Adria DeCorte will give us an overview of the results of her masters thesis work on the establishment of exotic grasses in relation to sites with a heavy biological soil crust presence versus on desert pavement, and how carbon addition can affect those establishment rates, and Jared DeCorte will talk about the goals and techniques used by their "Cactus Rescue" company based out of Las Vegas (http://www.cactusrescue.com), and Nevada Division of Forestry nursery manager, Amy Dunn, will talk about the native species propagation capabilities and facilities there,

February 3, 2011: Reno - Holly Bromley, Certified Arborist and avid gardener, will humorously present Plant Faux Pas covering planting problems, staking, plant placement and more.

Nevada Rare Plant Workshop

The Nevada Rare Plant Workshop is the annual meeting of the Rare Plant Committee of the Nevada Native Plant Society. It is held annually in either the Reno or Las Vegas areas, on the first Wednesday in April, plus either Tuesday or Thursday.

UC Riverside Extension Center

UC Riverside Extension Center offers weekend classes in desert botany and ecology.

UC Riverside Extension Center Botany Courses

The Jepson Herbarium

The Jepson Herbarium offers classes in basic botany and weekend workshops throughout California.

The Jepson Herbarium 2011 Calendar

Chico State Herbarium

Friends of the Chico State Herbarium offer a variety of classes.  Money raised through these workshops gives the Friends of the Herbarium the ability to help fund the staff and facilities of The Chico State Herbarium.

Friends of The Chico State Herbarium Calendar

May Arboretum 2011 Calendar

The May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park offers a variety of classes and events, including the annual Spring Plant Sale.

May Arboretum 2011 Calendar

2010 Meetings

December 2010:

  • Henderson: 6th.  Speaker Unknown
  • Reno: No Meeting

November 2010:

  • Henderson: 1st Voting for 2011 Officers.
  • Reno: 4th  Voting for 2011 Officers.
     Janel Johnson from the Nevada Natural Heritage Program will present
    information on growing native plants in the garden. Members can view the
    slideshow here.

October 2010:

  • Reno 7th Lynda Nelson from Washoe County Regional
    Parks will give an update on Restortion Projects, including prescribed
    fire and other projects.
  • Henderson 4th?

September 2010:

  • Reno 2nd Cheryl Beyer from the Lake Tahoe Basin
    Management Unit will present information on the status of Whitebark
    Pine, Pinus albicaulis.
  • Henderson: 13th (Late due to Labor
    Day) Stephen Zitzer from DRI will talk about Native and invasive plant
    recruitment following wildfire in a blackbrush community in Lincoln
    County and a site in sagebush/juniper in White Pine County.

August 2010:

No Meetings

July 2010:

No Meetings

June 2010:

  • Henderson regular meeting (June 7th).
    Member Photos - members are encouraged to bring photos to show off to
    the group from this springs hopefully good wildflower bloom.
  • No Reno meeting.

May 2010:

  • Henderson regular meeting (May 3rd). Lesley DeFalco, USGS plant ecologist, will be giving a presentation on some of the plant work being done by the USGS in southern Nevada.
  • Reno regular meeting (May 6th). Garden
    tour at the home of Connie and Larry Douglas in Spanish Springs. (DO
    NOT GO TO OUR USUAL VALLEY ROAD VENUE FOR THE MAY MEETING)

    Come as early as 5:30 to see what's growing (not as fancy as at
    Steve's last year!) or walk the labyrinth. Potluck dinner - bring an
    appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert to share, Connie will fix a
    main dish. Gary Monroe will bring some travel photos to share, other
    members photos are also welcome. RSVP for directions to Connie at
    775-425-1305 or email at nevadaconnie [at] sbcglobal [dot] net. (Allow
    time for the rush hour traffic to Spanish Springs.)

April 2010:

  • Reno regular meeting (April 1st). Sue Ann Monteleone, Nevada State Museum, will speak on Basketry Plants in the Great Basin.
  • Henderson regular meeting (April 5th). Janel Johnson, NV Natural
    Heritage Program and NNPS Vice President, will be giving a talk on the
    Nevada Natural Heritage Program, its role in plant conservation, how the data
    is used, and how to contribute data. The meeting is also the night
    before the Rare Plant Workshop so it would be a good chance for people
    to meet and mingle before the workshop.

March 2010:

  • Henderson regular meeting (March 1st). Stan Shebs, NNPS board member,
    will be presenting on his many wildflower excursions in southern Nevada
    including his efforts to try to find and photograph as many of the
    flowering plants in the Spring Mtn Flora checklist.
  • Reno regular meeting (March 4th). John Christopherson, Nevada Division
    of Forestry Resource Program Coordinator, will give a program entitled
    Treemendous Changes: changes in local Sierra Nevada Forests from
    settlement by the first Europeans to the current conditions.

February 2010:

  • Henderson regular meeting (February 1st). Fred Edwards, botanist with BLM and NNPS board member, will present on rare plant conservation in Nevada. Bruce Lund will also be there with his supply of botany related books that he has for sale.
  • Reno regular meeting (February 4th). Janel Johnson, Wetlands Ecologist with Nevada Natural Heritage Program, will speak on Common and uncommon plants of Nevada’s wetlands. Janel also is our new Vice-President and she will provide a brief overview of a new independent website in the works for NNPS.

January 2010:

  • Annual Board Meeting in Reno (Thursday, January 28th). 5:30 PM at the
    Black Bear Diner, 2323 S. Virginia Street (across from where Park Lane
    Shopping Center used to be) in Reno. We'll be using their "back room."
    There is a fee for the room, which can be returned if the bill for our
    meals equals or exceeds it -- so please come with an appetite, and plan
    on purchasing dinner there. If you have questions, ask Ann Pinzl
    (775-883-0463 or apinzl [at] sbcglobal [dot] net). Hope to see all 2010
    Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs there.



2009 Meetings

December 2009:

Henderson regular meeting (December 7th). Member photos and potluck. The results of the election will also be announced.
November 2009:

Henderson regular meeting (November 2nd). Sharon Schafer will provide us with an update on the wildflower poster she is creating for NNPS. She will also give a presentation on the Art of Nature. We will also be holding NNPS elections.
Reno regular meeting (November 5th). Vice President Ann Pinzl will give a talk entitled Pressing Business in the Botany World or How to collect and press plants for a herbarium.
October 2009:

Reno regular meeting (October 1st). Jim Morefield will give us a presentation entitled Rare Plants and the Nevada Native Plant Society.
Henderson regular meeting (October 5th). Jason Alexander from Utah Valley University Herbarium will give a presentation on the Intermountain Region Block Checklist project website that he is developing along with some of his rare plant research & photos.
September 2009:

Reno regular meeting (September 3rd). Gary Monroe will present Botanical Highlights of the Channel Islands, California and will include such delights as the red flowering yarrow (Achillea millefolium) from San Miguel Island.
Henderson regular meeting (September 15th - TUESDAY!! note the date due to Labor Day holiday). Sonja Kokos will talk about some of the rare plant work being done by the Clark County Desert Conservation Program.
August 2009:

Henderson regular meeting (August 3rd). Joseph Betzler will be presenting on his work on the flora of the Arrow Canyon Range of Clark County.
June 2009:

Henderson regular meeting (June 1st). Members photos - members are encouraged to bring and show off their photos from this spring's wildflower season.
Reno, Plant Sale (June 6th, 8:00 am - noon). The Rancho San Rafael Botanical Society will be having its 18th Annual Plant Sale. The plant list should be available at MayCenter.com and then click on Arboretum.
May 2009:

Henderson regular meeting (May 4th). Cayenne Engel of Public Lands Institute will give a presentation on her research on patterns of vegetative recovery after fires in southern Nevada along a 30 year chronosequence.
Reno regular meeting (May 7th) - DATE CORRECTED FROM NEWSLETTER. Garden tour at Steve and Jody Caicco's home in Hidden Valley [DO NOT GO TO OUR USUAL VALLEY ROAD VENUE FOR THE MAY MEETING]. Come as early as 6:00 p.m. to see the rock and other gardens which should be in peak flower in early May. Bring snacks to share. Regular meeting with member's slides at 7:30. RSVP for directions to Steve at (775) 861-6341 or by email, Steve_Caicco [at] fws [dot] gov.
April 2009:

Reno regular meeting (April 2nd). Dr. Gary Blomquist - Professor and Chair of UNR’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, will speak on the biology of bark beetles and the responses of native trees (pinion, jeffrey, and lodgepole pines) they attack.
Henderson regular meeting (April 6th). Kent Ostler of the Nevada Test Site will give a presentation on his work monitoring sensitive plants and animals on the Nevada Test Site.
March 2009:

Henderson regular meeting (March 2nd).
Reno regular meeting (March 5th). Mary Winter, NNPS member from Carlin, will speak about her botanical adventures in the northeast area of the state and introduce her forthcoming publication, Wildflowers of the Foothill Regions of northeastern Nevada. Please attend and support a NNPS member in her botanical blossoming.
February 2009:

Henderson regular meeting (February 2nd). Dianne Bangle of Public Lands Institute will be giving a presentation on her work on four rare plant species found within southern Nevada.
Reno regular meeting (February 5th). Robin Tausch, U.S. Forest Service, will give a talk entitled One hundred and fifty years of change in Sagebrush-Pinyon-Juniper Vegetation: Composition, fuel loads, and fire patterns.
January 2009:

Reno annual Board Meeting (Thursday, January 29th). Dinner and refreshments will be served at 5:30 and the business meeting will commence at 6:30. The meeting will be held at Arnold Tiehm’s house; please notify him if you plan on attending, 775-329-1645, atiehm [at] unr [dot] edu
Henderson no meeting in January!

2008 Meetings

December 2008:

Henderson regular meeting (December 1st). Holiday pot luck and member slides and photos.
November 2008: (ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS)

Reno regular meeting (November 6th). Susan Mortenson (graduate student) and Dr. Peter Weisberg of UNR will speak on River Management & Tamarisk Invasion in the southwestern U.S.
Henderson regular meeting (November 3rd).
October 2008: (NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTIONS)

Henderson regular meeting (October 6th).
Reno regular meeting (October 2nd). Dr. Alan Gubanich will speak on Equador birds and habitats, with a few plants thrown in.
September 2008:

Reno regular meeting (September 4th). Author and photographer Stephen Ingram will present a lecture and book signing for his new release from Cachuma Press, Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada. Stay tuned to the Newsletter for a review of this new book.
Henderson regular meeting (September 8th). Author and photographer Stephen Ingram will present a lecture and book signing for his new release from Cachuma Press, Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada. Stay tuned to the Newsletter for a review of this new book.
August 2008:

Henderson regular meeting (August 4th). Susan Potts will present Nevada Wilderness - Pictures, Places and People.
July 2008:

No Meetings.
June 2008:

Reno: no meetings again until September.
Henderson regular meeting (June 2nd). Members’ slide shows. Bring your photos and stories to share.
May 2008:

Reno regular meeting (May 1st). Jim Morefield, Nevada Natural Heritage Program, will give a talk entitled A Botanical Expedition to China During and After Tiananmen Square.
Henderson regular meeting (May 5th). US Geological Survey staff will present a talk titled: Understanding the habitat requirements of the endangered Amargosa niterwort (Nitrophila mohavensis).
April 2008:

Reno, Rare Plant Committee meeting (April 2nd-3rd). Nevada Rare Plant Workshop in Reno. Contact Jim Morefield (775-684-2902; jdmore [at] heritage [dot] nv [dot] gov) or Steve Caicco (775-861-6341; steve_caicco [at] fws [dot] gov) for more information.
Reno regular meeting (April 3rd). Jason Alexander, recent Ph.D. graduate from Oregon State University, will speak about new and interesting findings from recent Astragalus field work in Nevada.
Henderson regular meeting (April 7th). Bob Morris will present information about the Nevada Cooperative Extension Service and their Master Gardeners’ program.
Southern Nevada (April 12-13). Cactus and Succulent Society Sale. Location: Turner’s Greenhouse at 4455 Quadrel Street, Las Vegas. Contact Joseph Betzler for more info: jabetzler [at] aol [dot] com.
Southern Nevada (April 19th). International Earth Day. We will have a booth at the fifth annual Summerlin Earthfaire on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Summerlin Centre Community Park, 1800 South Town Center Drive (between Sahara and Charleston), Las Vegas. The event will feature live musical entertainment, interactive displays, children’s environmental art and learning activities, food, and exhibits.
March 2008:

Southern Nevada (March 1st). Fruit & Vegetable Gardening. UNLV - A Plant Affair, location: UNLV campus, Barrick Museum, on East Harmon Ave. See http://hrc.nevada.edu/arboretum/ for more information.
Henderson regular meeting (March 3rd). Dr. David Charlet will present his work cataloging the distribution and ecology of the conifers of Nevada, soon to be released in a second edition of The Conifers of Nevada.
Reno regular meeting (March 6th). Beth Leger, Professor of Plant Ecology at UNR will give a presentation entitled Can native plants fight back? Evolutionary response to cheatgrass invasion.
Southern Nevada (March 15-16). Landscaping your yard. UNLV - A Plant Affair, location: UNLV campus, Barrick Museum, on East Harmon Ave. See http://hrc.nevada.edu/arboretum/ for more information.
Southern Nevada (March 29th). CSN Nursery Plant Sale, location: CSN Nursery, W. Charleston Ave. Volunteers needed for NNPS booth - contact Beth Hewitt: elizabeth [dot] hewitt [at] csn [dot] edu to sign up.
Southern Nevada (March 29-30). Cactus & Succulents. UNLV - A Plant Affair, location: UNLV campus, Barrick Museum, on East Harmon Ave. See http://hrc.nevada.edu/arboretum/ for more information.
February 2008:

Henderson regular meeting (February 4th). Jeri Krueger will speak about her recent trip to the African continent.
Reno regular meeting (February 7th). Tara Forbis, recipient of a Margaret Williams research grant, will give a presentation on Rare Plants of White River Valley.
January 2008:

Reno annual Board Meeting (Thursday, January 31st). Dinner and refreshments will be served at 5:30 and the business meeting will commence at 6:30. The meeting will be held at Arnold Tiehm’s house; please notify him if you plan on attending, 775-329-1645, atiehm [at] unr [dot] edu
Henderson no meeting in January!

2007 Meetings

December 2007:

Henderson regular meeting (December 3rd). Third annual NNPS Christmas Pot Luck. Please bring photos to share with the group. We will also have an update on the poster, will be announcing the results from the elections, and discussing next years events and activities. The more the merrier!!
November 2007: (ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS)

Reno regular meeting (November 1st). Steve Caicco, botanist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Reno, will give a presentation on East African Ecosystems. This will have an emphasis on the Afro-alpine flora of central Kenya.
Henderson regular meeting (November 5th). Nancy Hall, from the Friends of Gold Butte, will talk about the restoration work that in going on and the challenges facing the Gold Butte area. Adriane Zacmanidis, from Friends of Nevada Wilderness, will be giving a presentation on her non-profit organization and what they are doing to protect wilderness in Nevada. We will also discuss the poster and be holding elections for the southern Chairperson positions, so please make every effort to attend.
October 2007: (NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTIONS)

Henderson regular meeting (October 1st).
Reno regular meeting (October 4th). Larry Taylor and Gary Monroe will present Botany, Geology, and Topography of 2007 NNPS field trips. Anyone else with photographs from the 2007 season is welcome to join in! (If you will need any special projection equipment contact Jim Morefield 775-684-2902 or Arnold Tiehm 775-329-1645 well ahead of time).
September 2007:

Reno regular meeting (September 6th). NNPS President Ann Pinzl will be giving a presentation on her trip earlier this year to the Amazon. There will be slides, focusing on the botany of that area..
Henderson regular meeting (Monday September 10th). Ann Pinzl, NNPS president will give a talk on her latest adventures in the Amazon. The title of her presentation is: Visiting the Amazon: A Personal Account. She will share her photos of the region, the people, and of course, the flora.
July 2007:

Henderson regular meeting (July 2nd). We will be having a follow-up to May's poster meeting. Fred Edwards will give the group a status report on the poster development progress. We encourage everyone to come and participate in poster development.
June 2007:

Henderson regular meeting (June 4th). John Brinda from UNLV will be giving a presentation and workshop on the mosses found in Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. He will bring live specimens for our examination and identification.
May 2007:

Reno regular meeting (May 3rd). Annual member slides show. All members are invited to display their native plant slides, particularly from NNPS field trips. Please contact John Reid at (714) 457-3149 beforehand if you are planning to display slides at this meeting.
Henderson regular meeting (May 7th). Fred Edwards will lead the group through selecting plants to be included in the poster and other items related to the poster. Sharon Schaffer has been selected as the artist for the poster and she will be bringing some of her work for our group to view. If anyone would like to join the poster sub-committee, please contact Sonja.
April 2007:

Henderson regular meeting (April 2nd). Pat Leary, co-author of The Flora of the Spring Mountains of Clark and Nye County, Nevada, will host a workshop looking at a specific family or genus (to be announced, due to lack of rainfall).
Las Vegas, Rare Plant Committee meeting (April 3rd). Nevada Rare Plant Workshop in Las Vegas, with Ash Meadows field trip April 4th. Contact Jim Morefield (775-684-2902; jdmore [at] heritage [dot] nv [dot] gov) or Kate Walker (702-515-5408; kcwalker [at] fs [dot] fed [dot] us) for more information.
Reno regular meeting (April 5th). Eric Peterson of the Nevada Native Heritage program will give a presentation on native lichens in Nevada.
Southern Nevada (April 21st). International Earth Day. We will be having a booth at the Summerlin Earth Day, located at Summerlin Centre Community Park, 1800 South Town Center Drive (between Sahara and Charleston), Las Vegas. The event will feature live musical entertainment, interactive displays, children’s environmental art and learning activities, food, and exhibits.
March 2007:

Reno regular meeting (March 1st). Bruce Eisner of the California Tahoe Conservancy will discuss his agency's Lands Acquisition program, in which small parcels of land are acquired and restored to native vegetation, with limited public usage as parks, picnic areas, etc.
Henderson regular meeting (March 5th). Julie Draper will be giving the group a follow-up presentation to her 2005 presentation on cotyledons of the Mojave Desert.
February 2007:

Reno regular meeting (February 1st). Jenny Francis of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District - California Area, and Sue Donaldson of the Nevada Resource Conservation District - Reno/UNR Area, will be our co-speakers. The topic will be the Invasive Weeds Programs of both agencies.
Henderson regular meeting (February 5th). Fred Edwards, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will present Rare plant conservation in Southern Nevada. Synopsis: overview of the Endangered Species Act and how it fits into the larger conservation picture, opportunities for public involvement and considerations for shaping the future of rare plant conservation in Southern Nevada.
January 2007:

Reno annual Board Meeting (Thursday, January 25th). Dinner and refreshments will be provided. The meeting will be held at Arnold Tiehm’s house; please notify him if you plan on attending, 775-329-1645, atiehm [at] unr [dot] edu

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