The Alaska Native Plant Society (AKNPS) 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 AKNPS 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. See our recent news for more information.
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 Upcoming Events page.
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:
The first field trip of this year will be in 2 weeks, to Windy Corner (on the Seward Highway), with Marilyn Watts and Annie Ronsse. They will have plenty to show you, as spring is well ahead of normal. Below are photos from a short walk there today. A complete summer activities schedule will be sent to ANPS members soon with 28 other events. Visit our web site for more information about ANPS and membership forms.
The next ANPS meeting will be Monday, April 1, 7PM, at the Campbell Creek Science Center. Dr. Tom Choate will continue our study of the Rose family in AK with a brief report about Shrubby Cinquefoil, and Dr. Marilyn Barker will summarize “How a Plant Moves” a chapter in the book we’re studying this year, "What a Plant Knows". Dr. Barker will also give our feature presentation about Horsetails (Equisetum). The meeting is open to the public, no admission or parking fees. Thanks to the Campbell Creek Science Center for use of their facility!
The next ANPS meeting will be Monday, March 4, 7PM, at the Campbell Creek Science Center. Our guest speaker will be Cam Webb. Before moving to Fairbanks in 2015, Cam worked for 25 years in Indonesia, primarily in Kalimantan (Borneo). He conducted forest ecology research and collected plants for Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. He also helped start a successful forest conservation NGO, Health in Harmony. In his presentation, he’ll discuss the floristics of Borneo and other Indonesian islands, the challenges of forest conservation, and share stories of life in the rain forest. Since coming to Alaska, Cam has been helping work on new statewide Flora. In a separate short presentation, he’ll discuss this project, and will promote the use of iNaturalist...