Purple Mountain Saxifrage
Purple Mountain Saxifrage, Saxifraga oppositifolia. Photographed by Cara Wardlaw-Bailey, May 18, 2006 near Healy, Alaska.

Alaska Native Plant Society

The Alaska Native Plant Society (ANPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to studying and conserving Alaska native plants. General membership meetings are open to the public and are held on the first Monday of every month from October through May. Various guest speakers give presentations on topics related to native plants and ANPS members give informative slide shows, plant family, and mini- botany talks. The October meeting starts earlier as it is a potluck where members bring 5-6 slides of their summer adventures to share.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous volunteer opportunities including leading public hikes, invasive plants control, plantings and cooperative work with other local groups. Local events are listed on the Community Events page.

General Information

The Alaska Native Plant Society was formed in 1982 by a small group of enthusiastic amateur and professional botanists for the purpose of educating Alaskans about their native flora and the growing need for its protection. We accomplish this through:

  • Monthly meetings, first Monday of each month, October through May (with occasional exceptions due to holidays),
    7 PM at the Campbell Creek Science Center, Anchorage. All interested persons are welcome.
  • Field Trips, ranging from 1/2 day local outings, to multi-day excursions throughout Alaska. Some prior trips have been to Kodiak, Seldovia, Chitina / Kennicott, and Denali National Park.
  • Displays at local malls during "Celebrating Wildflowers" periods.
  • Publication of Borealis, our bi-monthly newsletter for members, October through May.
  • Compilation of Alaskan flora references in a bibliography.
  • Public Land Sources for Native Plant Materials in the Southcentral Alaska Region for Personal Landscaping Use click here to download pdf.
  • This website which is an ongoing project for which volunteers are welcome.
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How to Join

If you are not a member and would like to join then check out our membership application. If you are already a member of the Alaska Native Plant Society you can login at ANPS Member's Login.

Alaska Native Plant Society  PO Box 141613  Anchorage, Alaska 99514
Last updated May 15, 2012

Moneses uniflora
Single Delight, Moneses uniflora, growing with Star moss, Polytrichum sp. Also called Shy maiden, this woodland flower blooms in midsummer in much of Alaska.