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Central Puget Sound Chapter Native Plant Stewardship Programs


Who are Master Native Plant Stewards?

Master Native Plant Stewards are community members who serve as volunteers in the restoration, protection and conservation of native plants and habitats close to their homes.  They are over 250 active individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds who are curious about the natural world, want to give back to their community and have common interests. 

Through the training and support they receive as Master Native Plant Stewards, they become important stakeholders in the education, preservation, and restoration of native plants and their habitats, helping to sustain air and water quality, habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife, and natural public parks that we all can enjoy. 

In exchange for receiving extensive training, all stewards commit to serve for at least 100 hours over 12-18 months to restore a section of a local park and with the local WNPS chapter in education, research or other roles.  In our region, Master Native Plant Stewards help to restore natural spaces in urban and suburban areas for all of us to learn from, to visit, and to enjoy. 

In Stewards Own Words:

"Most of all the program has provided me with an outlet for my boundless enthusiasm about the natural world."

“One of the best education experiences I ever had. 
Everyone was so supportive.”

“A life changing experience I will forever be grateful for.”

“The Class was with great people and it was fun.”


Become a Leader in Restoring the Health of
Seattle's Forested Parks

Recruiting Now for the Master Native Plant Steward Program

with Washington Native Plant Society, Seattle Parks and Recreation,
and the Green Seattle Partnership

Feed your curiosity with 100 hours of expert training in ecological restoration!

Contribute 100 hours of volunteer service to your community!

Get to know others with similar interests!

No previous experience necessary. The comprehensive training will include information on:

  • Forest restoration techniques
  • Engaging park neighbors, recruiting volunteers, and working with youth
  • Western Washington native and invasive plant identification
  • Puget Sound ecology
  • Site design and planning
  • Project leadership and management
Once training is complete, steward teams will work together at a Seattle Park to carry out a restoration project, contributing to the Green Seattle Partnership’s goal of restoring 2,500 acres of forested parkland. Check out the map to see which sites are being considered – you get to share your preferences for sites and we try and place you where you most want to go!  All tool and materials will be provided and experts available to support each team after the training is over. 

Through a partnership with
City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, all 2018 Stewards also become Forest Stewards, being able to tap into the amazing resources of the Green Seattle Partnership

Stewards must commit to the full training program and team involvement, including the dates below:

-All Fridays from March 2 to
May 18th, 2018

(at Seward Park or Camp Long)

- Two Saturdays, March 24 and
April 21, 2018

(field trips to local parks)



Apply Today!

Applications can be downloaded here and are due February 18, 2018, sent to CPSStewardshipProgram@gmail.com.  For telephone inquiries, contact the Master Stewardship Coordinator (Joy Wood) at (206) 963-5704. Seattle community members have priority, however all applications are welcome.  To learn more about the Green Seattle Partnership, check out www.greenseattle.org.

To learn more about the WNPS Master Native Stewardship program, please do not hesitate to contact the Central Puget Sound Chapter Stewardship Chair, Chrys Bertolotto at sitka.periwinkle@gmail.com or (206) 588-1247.

What is the Master Native Plant Stewards Program?

The WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program began in 1996 in response to numerous requests for public information about native plants and native plant habitats. This community-based program is designed to provide opportunities for citizens to conserve, protect, and sustain the biodiversity of the native plants in Washington and the benefits that we receive from it.

Master Native Plant Stewards receive a balance of field and classroom training on restoration practices, basic botany, native plant identification and community outreach and project leadership.  We work closely with partner agencies, like the Green Seattle Partnership to care for local parks close to where Stewards live.

What makes the Master Native Plant Steward program unique is the high caliber training provided by experienced and qualified experts from academics, government agencies, private conservation organizations, and other parts of the private sector. 

Since 1996, 550 Master Native Plant Stewards have volunteered and reported over 145,000 hours of time in restoration, education, advocacy, leadership roles and research. 

Program Goal:

Create and support a community of stewards informed about and actively engaged in protecting and restoring native plant ecosystems and their critical value to the health of Washington’s natural resources and our quality of life by:

  • Providing the highest quality training utilizing experts and specialists in a variety of disciplines.
  • Making the Native Plant Stewardship Program accessible to a wide range of individuals.
  • Providing motivation and inspiration for community service and involvement in restoring native plant ecosystems and educating others.
  • Encouraging and supporting Stewards to become recognized assets to their community.
  • Fostering partnerships with other groups, organizations, and agencies.

 For information about the program, please visit the WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program page HERE

Updated: February 8, 2018
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