Sawabi Chapter (Pocatello)

Sawabi (the Bannock word for Sagebrush) is the name of the Southeast Idaho chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society (INPS).  Statewide there are seven chapters of the INPS.

Sawabi Chapter’s Goals:

  • To educate the public about Southeast Idaho’s native plants and how to conserve them and their habitats.
  • To teach others about the effects of invasive plants.
  • To promote the use of native plants in landscaping.
  • To enhance the enjoyment of our native plant heritage.
  • To provide a community for those with shared interests.

Everyone is invited!  The public is invited to all of our field trips, talks, and events.

COVID continues to disrupt our activities, but we are making an effort to get back to our normal routines. The annual Chapter Christmas party was cancelled as Bannock County has been undergoing a surge in infections.

Membership renewal forms for 2022 will go out in the mail next week.  Renewals can be mailed to the chapter or completed online at the Idaho Native Plant Society website.

We are again holding our winter monthly meetings in the Pond Student Union on the ISU campus at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of the month. Alissa Salmore presented a session on Xeric and Native Plant landscaping in October, and Bob McCoy talked about using iNaturalist to identify plants and contribute to the citizen-scientist database of plant occurrences around the world.

January’s talk will be by Trista Crook, Ray J. Davis Herbarium manager, on lichens.

February’s talk will be on trees for landscaping in Pocatello by Robert Pitman.

The March speaker will be Dr. Bruce Finney of ISU on climate change.

Our annual Chapter meeting in April is still a bit up in the air. Hopefully we will be able to elect new officers and plan for our usual spring and summer plant walks.

The May meeting is typically a show and tell presentation of member’s pictures of their activities and plant observations from the past year.

Become a Sawabi Member of the Idaho Native Plant Society

Our emails will keep you informed.  A week before each event, members will receive emails describing the event in detail.  Members also receive the quarterly INPS Newsletter, Sage Notes.

If you would like to become a member, email our Treasurer, M’Liss Stelzer at or pay for membership on the INPS Membership webpage via PayPal.   Annual membership fees can be found on the Membership webpage.

The 2020 elected officers are: Geoff Hogander, President; Paul Allen, Vice President; Barbara Nicholls, Secretary and M’Liss Stelzer, Treasurer.
2020 Board of Directors: Elected officers plus Members at large: Cheri Baker, LaRue Gregerson, Ardys & Karl Holte, Bob & Chris McCoy, Cathy McPherson, Mel Nicholls and Grant Thomas.

2020 Field Trip Schedule – Due to coronavirus precautions, there will be no scheduled field trips this spring and summer.

  • » Sawabi Meeting January 3

    As the year comes to an end, I’m reminding you of our first meeting of 2022 which will take place in the North Fork Room of the ISU Pond Student Union Building at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 3rd. Our guest speaker is Trista Crook from the Ray J. Davis Herbarium who will talk about […]

  • » Sawabi Program October 4

    NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY PROGRAM, 7:00 PM, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021   Sawabi, a chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, invites you and your friends to a program at 7:00 PM, next Monday, October 4, in the North Fork Room on the third floor of the Pond Student Union Building at Idaho State University.  After […]

  • » Sawabi Plant Walk, July 19

    The Sawabi chapter of the Idaho Native Society invites members and the public on a native plant walk Monday, July 19, 2021.  Plants found along the beginning of the S. Fork of Inman Creek trail and a short walk up the trail will be discussed.  To carpool and caravan meet by the Bison sculpture in […]

  • » Sawabi Zoom Meeting, Oct 5

    Sawabi, a chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, invites you to our 7:00 PM,  Monday, October 5 program.  This year, or until further notice, we will be conducting our programs virtually via ZOOM.  The process is very easy: At the above time, simply click the link below and you should be redirected to a page to […]