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.
Native Plant Appreciation Week is April 21-27, 2019.
Botany Field Camp
This is an amazing opportunity that you don’t want to miss. This camp is offered through Idaho State University (ISU) and taught by Michael Mancuso and Janet Bala. You will learn how to:
- acquire or upgrade field plant identification skills
- learn to collect and prepare botanical specimens
- learn to identify unknown plants using keys and regional floras
- increase your appreciation of the Idaho flora
WEEK 1: June 17 – 21 ISU Campus in Pocatello
Week 2: June 22 – 30 Field Camp – Mackay, Idaho
Click to view the latest issue of our statewide newsletter, Sage Notes.
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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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.
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.
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.
Native Plant Conservation Campaign News:
The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act (aka “Botany Bill”) was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 21, 2017 by Rep. Mike Quigley(D-IL) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen(R-FL). The bill, H.R.1054, would provide increased staffing for federal botany programs, establish new programs to fund training for federal botanists, support the groundbreaking National Seed Strategy, and require states to utilize native plant species where possible and practical. The bill was developed by the Plant Conservation Alliance Non-Federal Cooperators Committee, the NPCC, the Botanical Society of America, the Garden Club of America and others. Many NPCC Affiliate organizations have also endorsed this bill. Click to read a summary of the bill and learn what you can do!