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   Chapter Information         

to the Central Puget Sound Chapter (CPS) of the Washington Native Plant Society! 
We serve King County and the southern half of Snohomish County, encompassing native forests, alpine areas, wetlands, coastal areas, streams and a booming population.  For numerous ways to discover and protect native plants and their habitats close to home, see below.
Whether your interest is in learning all you can about native plants and botany, taking care of native plant habitats at home and beyond, or meeting others who are equally passionate about native plants, the CPS chapter has many ways for you to meet your goals.  Please explore our website, and do not hesitate to contact any of our board members if you would like to jump in or have questions.



Central Puget Sound
Fall Plant Sale 2017

October 7, Magnuson Park


Coming soon!
Please come to the WNPS-CPS Native Plant Sale and Environmental Fair, 
10am to 4 pm 
Saturday, October 7
at the CPS Nursery at Magnuson Park
Members' only shopping starts at 9 am.

Lots of volunteer opportunities! Click HERE for a list.
Fall species information:
For a sortable download, click here .
For a PDF click here.

For more information, go to http://www.wnps.org/cps/plantsale




                 Seed Packing Party!

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 – 8 PM. Seed packaging for the Plant Sale will take place around a big table at the WNPS Office at Magnuson Park. Volunteers are needed to help pack up seeds and socialize. No special skill set is required. Snacks will be provided.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Brenda Clifton at Brenda_Clifton@hotmail.com.


October Program:
Pacific Feast: 
Where the Wild Things Are Delicious

Thursday, October 10
Bellevue Botanical Garden, Aaron Education Center
7:00 pm

Presented by Jennifer Hahn
Wild edibles from forest, field, and shores abound in the Pacific Northwest. Learn from  forager, wilderness guide, professor and writer, Jennifer Hahn, about sustainably harvesting a cornucopia of delicious, nutritious seaweeds, wild and weedy greens, berries, and tree tips for enhancing health and table in all seasons.  Jennifer will share her favorite native species for a delicious back yard and her "stewardship guidelines for foragers." 

With more than 25 years of wilderness travel under her boots and kayak hull—including through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from northern California to Canada and kayaking solo from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Washington—writer Jennifer Hahn relies on wild harvesting to keep her pack and kayak light. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College teaching courses on northwest wild food and works as a naturalist guide in Alaska, Washington and British Columbia’s Inside Passage. 

Jennifer holds B.S. from Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University, and a B.A. in writing and ecology from WWU’s Fairhaven College, at which time she studied with Pulitzer-prize author Annie Dillard and worked at Audubon magazine in New York City. She is currently researching seaweed contaminants in the Salish Sea at Huxley College of the Environment.

Program produced by Cheryl Wagner 

Plant Identification Workshop begins at 6:00 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM.

Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is Free

Note that beginning in September, our East and West side programs will start at 7pm.



November Program:
Climate Change Impacts on Plant Communities 
in the Pacific Northwest

Thursday, November 2
Mountaineers Cascade Room
7:00 pm

 Presented by Janneke HilleRisLambers

Predicting how climate change will influence the plants and animals with which we share our planet is one of the most challenging problems ecologists face. Climate is often assumed to be the dominant force governing species distributions, which leads to the prediction that all species will simply shift their ranges poleward and upward as the planet warms. Locally, plant communities should therefore lose cold-adapted species, while warm-adapted species increase in abundance. However, species differences in climate sensitivity, the impacts of species interactions, and unprecedented rates of climate change paired with limited dispersal and slow demography will add significant complexity to these simple predictions, as will many other factors. A major research goal of the HilleRisLambers lab is to explore these complexities using observations, experiments and modeling. In this talk, I will present some of our most recent work disentangling the many processes that will influence how coniferous forests and wildflower meadows at Mt. Rainier National Park and beyond will respond to climate change. 

Janneke HilleRisLambers is the Walker Professor of Natural History in the Biology Department at University of Washington, Seattle. The HilleRisLambers lab uses field observations, manipulative experiments, citizen science, and statistical modeling to study the relationship between climate and species distributions in space (ranges) and time (phenology). Current study sites are in the Pacific Northwest (including Mt. Rainier and North Cascades National Park). See http://faculty.washington.edu/jhrl/Index.html and www.meadowatch.org for more details.

Program produced by Sharon Baker and Shelley Evans 

Plant Identification Workshop begins at 6:00
Program begins at 7:00 PM.

Refreshments, Public Invited, Admission is Free

   Native Plant Press


"Native Plant Press" September 2017 (Mobile version)

"Native Plant Press" Septemer 2017 (Print version)

 Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter
Volunteer opportunities for September and beyond are on
page 8 of the September Native Plant Press.

  See all upcoming programs and complete information on our new program page.

  Central Puget Sound Chapter ~ Calendar of Events

September 2017
Nursery work party 10 am to 2 pm --Please note, this is on a Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.
         7 "Fungi, the Original Network," Kim Traverse. Mountaineers, 7:00 pm
       16 Chapter Board Retreat

October 2017
         Fall plant sale, Magnuson Park Nursery
       10 Jennifer Hahn “Sustainable Wild Food Foraging and Cuisine. Bellevue Botanical Garden 

November 2017
Janneke Hille Ris Lambers “Climate Change Impacts on PNW Plant Communities” Mountaineers 

          7 T. Abe Lloyd “Coast Salish Ethnobotany and Lessons for Food System Resiliency” 

 January 2018
          4 Holiday Party (Mountaineers Program Center)

 Seeking Native Plants -What to do with your surplus native flora?  Donate of Course!


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