The Idaho Native Plant Society is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting interest in native plants and plant communities, and collecting and sharing information on all phases of the botany of native plants in Idaho. We seek to foster an understanding and appreciation of our native flora and to preserve this rich heritage for future generations.

Sage Notes

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Botany Class


What you will learn.

  • Acquire or upgrade field plant identification skills
  • How to collect and prepare botanical specimens 
  • How to identify unknown plants using keys and regional floras
  • Introduction to field techniques to measure vegetation
  • Introduction to basic ecological concepts for field botany
  • Increase your appreciation of Idaho’s diverse flora 

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Idaho Native Plant Society Annual meeting June 12 – 15, 2020

The 2020 annual meeting of the Idaho Native Plant Society will be hosted by the Sawabi Chapter from Pocatello on June 12 – 15. The Mink Creek Group Site on the Caribou National Forest will be the center of activity (Google Earth – Mink Creek Group Campground).

Tentative plans call for 3 plant walks each day on Friday and Saturday and 2 plant walks on Sunday. These walks will be around the local area and you’ll see what the Sawabi members do on Saturdays and Mondays in the spring. Visits to the Ray J. Davis Herbarium on the ISU campus and the U of I Agricultural Experiment Station in Aberdeen, Idaho are also planned.

Some RV spots and tent sites will be available at the group site, no hookups and few trees. The Group Site is 7 miles/16 minutes from the Scout Mountain Campground, Caribou National Forest (recreation.gov).

Registration will be the old-fashioned way, by check in the mail. Watch for the registration forms on the website (idahonativeplants.org) and in the next Sage Notes.

Amazon Smile (https://smile.amazon.com/)

Did you know that if you shop at Amazon that you can designate a non-profit or charity of your choice to donate to? If you choose the Idaho Native Plant Society, then INPS receives a small percentage of each of your online orders. Every donation, no matter how small, helps INPS with its mission to conserve, promote interest in, and educate others about Idaho’s native plants and habitats. To go directly to the Amazon INPS unique link click here.

Idaho Botanical Foray

The Idaho Botanical Foray is a plant collecting trip that meets annually during the summer. Hosting rotates among the state’s 4 largest academic herbaria. You can learn more by visiting this Facebook page.

Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce the return of the INPS photo contest!  The rules and format have been simplified.  Show us your best and win the recognition of your peers! For contest rules, click here: 
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Mapping Milkweeds and Monarchs

 Idaho Fish and Game has teamed up with the Xerces Society to engage citizen scientists (like you perhaps!) in a project to collect data on populations of native Milkweeds and sightings of Monarch Butterflies. Here is a link to the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper and and article explaining the project, https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2017/02/idahos-monarch-connection.

Botany Bill (update as of March 6, 2019)
March 6th, Representative Quigley (D-IL) and co-sponsor Representative Rooney (R-FL) reintroduced the “Botany Bill” in the House of Representatives (full name: The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act). See this  website for more details, www.botanybill.weebly.com
“The bill is similar to the version from the 115th Congress. It supports plant research, the placement of botanists in the land management agencies, the plant conservation programs, the plant conservation alliance, and NFWF grants for plant-related projects. The creation of a native plant “preference policy” for federal land restoration has been slightly modified — under the new bill, the Departments of Interior and Agriculture will create a policy and disseminate it to other agencies. This modification dramatically cuts the number of committees required to review the bill and improves chances for action. “