It’s time to sign up, step up, apply, and register. Spring is here and it brings loads of opportunities to learn, to contribute your time, and to get out and about.
First off, here are some activities sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society and its partners.
Native Plant Stewardship Training Application deadline April 8.
We are once again offering free Native Plant Stewardship Training in Seattle. Native Plant Stewards help restore Seattle’s forested parks. Partners with WNPS are Seattle Parks and Recreation, Green Seattle Partnership, and the King Conservation District. Questions? Contact Joy Wood, WNPS Stewardship Coordinator at email@example.com or leave a message at
Native Plant Appreciation Week April 28–May 4
Stay tuned for a full week of activities statewide!
Botany Washington 2013 May 31–June 2
This year Botany Washington will explore spring diversity in the lower Grand Coulee, while centered at Sun Lakes State Park, Coulee City, WA.
Grass Identification Workshop June 12–14
The Washington Native Plant Society and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum are co-sponsoring “Know Your Grasses: Identification and Appreciation of Grass” with instructor Clayton Antieau, M.S., Ph.C. This will be held on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
Annual WNPS Study Weekend June 28–30
Enjoy the flora and spectacular scenery of the South Cascades. Our base will be the park-like setting of the Cispus Learning Center, 11 miles south of Randle.
And, each of the local chapters of the Washington Native Plant Society offers programs and field trips and service opportunities. Check ‘em out!
In addition, here is a random selection of other opportunities throughout the region:
The 12,000 Rain Garden campaign Workshops March 27–May 16
Rain gardens are cropping up all over in the Puget Sound area, thanks to this campaign. Rain gardens can help protect natural habitats, clean water, limit flooding, improve yards and neighborhoods, and save money.
Earth Day weekend April 19-22
It’s coming up—one of the few days of the year when the environment is sure to get some news coverage! Washington State has a wealth of activities. Here are just a few communities that are hosting events:
Olympia’s Procession of the Species April 26
This is always a fun time. How many native plant species can you count in the parade? Or, maybe we should all get together and dress up as a plant community?
Wildflower Tours at Hanford May 1 and May 4
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host four wildflower tours on the Hanford Reach National Monument’s Rattlesnake Unit. The three-hour guided bus tours will travel the base of Rattlesnake Mountain learning about shrub-steppe wildflowers and, weather permitting, will explore the plants at the top of Rattlesnake Mountain. Seating is limited to 20 registrants per tour and will be filled through an online, first-come, first-served registration.
Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit May 4
Join award-winning authors David George Gordon, Brenda Guiberson, and David Montgomery as they lead classroom and field-based sessions. Whether it is exploring the deep time of geology, considering the myriad ways of slugs, bugs, and everyone’s favorite, cockroaches, or connecting children with the natural world around them, these authors will inspire us to continue writing about the environment in all its guises. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 543-5591.
2013 Salmon Recovery Conference May 14–15
The Salmon Recovery Funding Board will hold its fourth biennial conference in Vancouver, Washington. The conference focuses on building better salmon recovery projects and sharing lessons learned. This year, the Riparian Restoration track includes sessions on Planting Strategies that Work and Watershed-Scale Riparian Restoration Strategies as well as a two-hour workshop on When Buying Plants, You Get What You Inspect, Not What You Expect with WSDOT’s Susan Buis.
Botany Alberta 2013 August 3–5, 2013
An annual hiking and botanizing get-together, this year based at Lake Louise, Alberta.
Botany BC 2013 August 8–11, 2013
The spectacular Columbia Mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia, are the locale for this year’s event.
In putting this post together, I found myself getting a bit overwhelmed with all the dates. So below are some tables I made to cut through my confusion—and maybe yours too.
I’m sure I’ve missed some great events out there—put ‘em in the comments below, or drop me a line. Thanks—and hope to see you out there.
|WNPS Programs and Events||Location||Registration Open||Registration Closes||Date of event|
|Native Plant Stewardship training||King County||Now||April 8||Apr 19–June 28|
|Native Plant Appreciation Week||Statewide||N/A||N/A||April 28–May 4|
|Botany WA||Sun Lakes State Park||Now||When full||May 31–June2|
|Grass Workshop||Seattle||Now||When full||June 12–14|
|WNPS Study Weekend||Cispus, South Cascades||Now||April 30||June 28–30|
|Event||Location||Registration Open||Registration Closes||Date of event|
|Rain Garden Workshops||Greater Seattle area||Now||Varies||Mar 27–May 16|
|Earth Day Activities||Statewide||Now||Varies||April 19–22|
|Procession of the Species||Olympia||Now||N/A||April 26|
|Hanford Tours||Hanford||April 10||When full||May 1, May 4|
|Burke Environmental Writing Workshop||Seattle||Now||When full||May 4|
|Salmon Recovery Conference||Vancouver WA||Now||Early bird closes April 19||May 14–15|
|Botany Alberta||Lake Louise||Now||When full||Aug 3–5|
|Botany BC||Revelstoke||Now||When full||Aug 8–11|