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Menyanthes trifoliata - Buckbean
Menyanthes trifoliata - Buckbean growing in a Girdwood bog.
Photo by Cara Wardlaw-Bailey

ANPS Monthly Meetings

The public is invited to monthly meetings that are held the first Monday of the month, starting in October and running through May. The meetings are at the Campbell Creek Science Center and start at 7:00 pm. (Please note the half hour earlier start time than prior meetings!)

Specially invited speakers present a topic of their choice at each meeting. ANPS members also do shorter presentations on topics of botanical interest. Each season we also select a plant family to study and members present different species within that family at each meeting.

Here is a map to the CCSC, 5600 Science Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507-2599.

Volunteer early to get your first choice of presentation time slot! Please feel free to suggest topics or speakers.

The plant "family" for the fall-winter 2014-15 is by habit. Thanks in advance to the volunteer speakers.

October 6, 2014
6 pm
Member Slideshow
Potluck/Group Slideshow
Slide shows
and Potluck
Everyone is invited Members share up to 10 photos of their activities this past summer, the food is always wonderful! 
November 3, 2014
7 pm
Gary Ferguson
Ethnobotany from a Native perspective
Beth Baker
Artemesia, Birch
Plant Family:
Marilyn Barker
Synthris borealis and Polemonium boreale
December 1, 2014
7 pm
Justin Fulkerson
New Alaska Draba species and updates on the UAA herbarium
Mel Langdon
Spruce, Sphagnum moss
Plant Family:
Verna Pratt
Papaver alboroseum, Silene acaulis
January 5, 2015
Ute Olsson
Plants versus hervibores
James Sowerwine
Willow, Yarrow
Plant Family: Glenn Brown Cadamine bellidifolia, Oxytropis nigrescens
Main Speaker: ERNC Naturalist
Ute Olsson
How do plants make a living without being eaten, and how do herbivores deal with chemical defenses of plants?
February 2, 2015
Annie Nevaldine
and Julie Riley
Flora of Iceland
Plant Family: Dennis Ronsse Astragalus nutzotineaus and aborginum
Mini-Botany: Glenn Brown Plantain, Fireweeds
March 2, 2015
7 pm
Christina Rinas
Main Speaker: APU Grad Student Christina will discuss her research on changes in shrub distribution and abundance above treeline in the Chugach Mountains. Read up on her study here (pdf article).
Mini Botany: John Trent Devil's club, Bull Kelp
Plant Family: Mike Monterusso Crepis nana and Saxifraga bronchialis
April 6, 2015
7 pm
Dr. Matt Carlson
"A rose by any other name..." Plant nomenclature in the age of molecular systematics
Mike Monterusso Dandelion, Beach Greens
Plant Family:
Marilyn Barker Claytonia scammaniana and
Main Speaker:
UAA Botany Professor Dr. Matt Carlson Come hear what's behind the changing of species names.
May 4, 2015
7 pm
Dr Kevin Jernigan
Ethnobotany on Both Sides of the Bering Strait: A Comparison
Mini-Botany: Anjanette Steer Alder, Horsetail
Plant Family:  Glenn Brown  Saxifraga oppositifolia and Eritrichium arctoides

Alaska Native Plant Society  PO Box 141613  Anchorage, Alaska 99514
Last updated Aug 8, 2014

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.