Pahove Chapter (Boise)

Welcome to Our Chapter                                                                    

Welcome to the Pahove Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society. We are located in Boise and support the citizens of the Treasure Valley and southwestern Idaho.  Anyone interested in botany, biology, wildlife, pollinators, landscaping, gardening, hiking, photography and/or simply being out in nature is very welcome to join.

2023 Summer & Fall Adopt A Plot 

Particpate in and/or volunteer to help us with our plot that we are tending to along the Boise River as part of a larger community effort to reWILD the area. We will be planting native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs in mid October.

Please contact us at if you are interested in learning more or lending a hand.

Upcoming Event: 

Don’t miss our upcoming member’s kick off event on Tuesday, Sept. 26th!

If you are not a member, then we would be happy to have you join INPS.

This is our chance to mingle with friends and enjoy a relaxing dinner with a seed exchange sprinkled in for fun!

September 26: Kick-Off Party & Seed Exchange at Smoky Mountain Pizzeria and Grill (1805 State Street), 6pm – 8pm.

 Upcoming Presentations: 2023/2024

Fall presentations start in October 2023!

Chapter meetings with intriguing presentations are held on the second Tuesday of each month from October–April (May) starting at 7:00 pm. We currently offer hybrid viewing formats, both in-person at MK Nature Center and a Zoom link for at-home enjoyment. You will receive more details about presentations via email. We also keep this chapter web page updated.

October 10: Carol Prentice- Timothy E. Wilcox: Army Surgeon at Fort Boise, Boise’s first resident Botanist/Naturalist

November 14: Kerry Byrne- Cal Poly- Beneath our feet: harnessing the power of the soil seed bank for restoration

December 12: Cathy Ford- ITD Roadside Pollinator Project

Jan. 9- Richard Rachman- Goatheads and Invasives
plus a snippet on Goatheads: Native to Bosnia and Croatia by Susan Z.                                                                                                                                                     
Feb. 13- TBD
Mar. 12- Barbara Ertter- Boise’s Vanishing Flora
April 9- Cleve Davis, SBT- Jewel wetlands project
May ?- TBD

Past Presentations (2020-2023)

These can also be found on our INPS YouTube channel. Visit us there!

Sept. 8, 2020-Don Mansfield and Barbara Ertter-Floristics in Southwestern Idaho

Oct.13, 2020-Roger Rosentreter-Cheatgrass In Idaho

Annual grasses that are invading the western N.A.

Cheatgrass in North America (Osher BSU presentation)

Nov.10, 2020- Jack Nisbet-The Leiberg Family in Idaho, 1884-1907

Dec.8, 2020- Ron Bitner-Pollinator-related topic/ Bee Biology, TBA

Jan.12, 2021- John Keeley-Nexus Between Wildfire Catastrophes, Climate, and Population Growth

Feb.9, 2021- Carol Wilson-Mistletoe diversity and biogeography with a focus on dwarf mistletoe in the Idaho landscape

Mar.9, 2021-Josh Newman, USFS Forester-Bogus Basin Forest Management

April 13, 2021-Jennifer Sowerwine-Biocultural systems, food security, and eco-cultural restoration in the Klamath River Basin

May 11, 2021-Derek Antonelli-Conifers of Idaho

Oct. 12, 2021- Galls of southwestern Idaho by Samuel DeGrey

Nov. 9, 2021- Restoration plant material development in the Great Basin region of the United States: A History and Comparison of Research Approaches by Francis Kilkenny

Dec. 14, 2021- Barbara Ertter-New Discoveries and What’s Cool in the Boise Front

Jan. 11, 2022- Pat Fields-A Look at the Miocene Flora of the Greater Idaho Region

Feb. 8, 2022- Peggy Owell-BLM National Plant Conservation Program

Mar. 8, 2022- Lynn Kinter-Idaho’s Wicked Plants: Painful, Poisonous, & Pernicious Species

Apr. 12, 2022- Israel Borokini-An unconventional career journey from Warm Tropical to Cold Desert Ecosystems

Nov. 8, 2022Rescheduled for Wed., Nov.16, 2022– Dr. Megan Cattau, Assistant Professor in Human-Environment Systems at Boise State University- Mapping of Invasive Species with Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS)

Dec. 13, 2022- Rob Laport, Assistant Professor of Biology & Director of the Harold M. Tucker Herbarium (CIC) at the College of Idaho- Hidden biodiversity: Genome duplication shapes pollinator visitation, herbivore specialization, and plant community structure

Jan. 10, 2023- Michael Mancuso, state INPS President- Made in Idaho: Idaho’s Endemic Plant Species

Feb. 14, 2023- Ron Bitner/Amy Dolan-Bees of the Treasure Valley

Mar. 14, 2023- Matt Lavin- The sagebrush sea in southeastern Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming: composition, distinction, and conservation value

Apr. 11, 2023- Bob Moseley- Revisiting Shangri-La: Photographing a Century of Environmental and Cultural Change in the Mountains of Southwest China.


Plant These, Not Those (brochure drafted 2022)

This brochure offers ecologically appropriate alternatives to a handful of commonly available ornamental plants that pose a threat to our natural communities. 2 pages. Credit: Anna Lindquist and Pahove Board Members

Plant These! Not Those!. INPS. Pahove. v.FINAL (2) (1)-1


Held annually

native plant sale

Click below to learn more about previous plant sales!

(Please read below to learn more about what our local chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society does for our flora and fauna and our community.)
The Pahove Chapter:
    • supports native plant demonstration gardens at schools, local businesses, in our city, and other surrounding areas across the Treasure Valley

    • supports native plant restoration projects, such as the Yankee Fork project, the Birds of Prey Center project, and the Boise River project

    • funds native plant related publications, such as the Native Plant Coloring Book, Native Plants fandex, and Mirabilis brochure

    • funds teaching materials, such as field guides

    • sponsors plant workshops, such as the Astragalus, Brassicaceae, and Aquatics workshops

    • sponsors and staffs the Idaho Rare Plant Conference

    • contributes articles to our Sage Notes newsletter

    • hosts an annual Native Plant Sale

    • hosts an annual Wildflower Plus Show

    • donates to our state’s herbaria

    • donates to the MK Nature Center

    • donates to the Idaho Botanical Garden and its Idaho Native Plant Garden

    • donates to the ERIG (Education, Research, and Inventory Grant)

    • awards Education and Enrichment for members

    • offers monthly presentations (Oct.-April) on botany, nature, and other scientific topics

    • offers field tours/field trips to members

    • offers comaraderie

    • stays informed about conservation issues and shares information with our chapter members

    • stays connected with our community

    • and much more…

  • Wildflowers of Southern Idaho Coloring Book

Take this coloring book along with you when you are hiking, photographing, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pahove Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, this coloring book may be reproduced but not sold. Share it with every child you know!

Wildflower Coloring Book

In the Boise area (wildflower walks and trails)

In the Boise area (plant suppliers)

In the Boise area (landscapers)

Many other landscapers also may install buffalo grass and blue grama grass plugs. 

Officers and Committee Members

  • Karie Pappani, President – pahove.chapter.president [at]
  • Susan Ziebarth, Vice President, Plant Sale Manager
  • Michael Ottenlips, Secretary
  • Don Essig, Chapter Treasurer
  • Kirsten Severud, Chapter Membership
  • Karen Getusky, State Treasurer
  • Vicki Henderson, State Membership, Chapter IT Committee
  • Ray Corbin, Member at Large
  • Barbara Ertter, Member at Large
  • Peggy Faith, Education & Outreach 
  • Peggy Faith, Sarah Hill, Daniel Murphy, and Kristy Snyder (currently), Anna Lindquist (previously), Social Media: Instagram & Facebook
  • Jody Hull, Social Media: Facebook and Sage Notes Layout Designer
  • Diane Jones, Website Committee
  • Beth Corbin, Southern Idaho Rare Plant Working Group Lead

Write to the Pahove chapter at


  • » Pahove Meeting September 26

    INPS Pahove Chapter Pizza Party & Seed Exchange Your RSVP is requested by Monday, September 25 at noon.  Click Here to RSVP   Tuesday, September 26th, 6pm- 8pm Smoky Mountain Pizzeria & Grill 1805 W State St, Boise, ID 83702, USA **Lets get the season kicked off in person! Current members and those that would like […]

  • » Pahove Plant Sale, April 22-24

    2023 Idaho Native Plant Sale flyer 2023 INPS Native Plant Sale Availability List, amended 4-21-23 The Plant Ordering link is ON-LINE ORDERING Sat. April 22 thru Mon. April 24 (or while supplies last) ordering link will be posted by noon Sat. April 22 CURBSIDE PICK-UP Fri. April 28 thru Mon. May 1 11am-6pm (most days) *you will […]

  • » Pahove Meeting April 11

    Our monthly meeting, 7pm April 11 at the MK Nature Center, will feature Bob Mosely on revisiting Shangri-la: A Century of Environmental and Social Change in the Mountains of SW China.

  • » Pahove presentation March 14

    Please join Pahove for “The Sagebrush Sea in Southeastern Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming: Composition, Distinction, and Conservation Value” , presented by Dr. Matt Lavin, Montana State University. Tuesday, March 14th, at 7pm, at the MK Nature Center. A zoom link will be available. Abstract: Understanding the composition, distinction, and conservation value of mountain and Wyoming big sagebrush […]