Chapter Meetings

The Flagstaff Chapter will offer in-person meetings this year with the option to watch from home via Zoom. The meetings will still take place on the third Tuesday of the month, March through October, at 7:00 PM.

We have a new location! The meetings are now being held at Highgate Senior Living Center at 1831 N Jasper Dr. on McMillan Mesa. Park anywhere in the parking lot or on the street. Buzz to be let in if the door is locked and come upstairs to the second floor.

Some of the meetings have been recorded and can be viewed the Flagstaff Chapter’s Facebook or at The Arizona Native Plant Society. For details about upcoming meetings, please see our email distribution list (naris123@cs.com), Facebook page, or AZNPS.com.

Register in advance once in order to attend any of the meetings virtually:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




Join Our Chapter E-list:  If you would like to receive reminders and announcements about field trips and meetings via e-mail, send a note to Sue Holiday to be added to the list. Stay informed by joining us on Facebook.

Usually the most up-do-date information about upcoming chapter events can be found on our Facebook page.

* Photos above by Sue Carnahan.

Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Kirstin Phillips President flagstaffAZNPS@gmail.com
Melissa Amberson Chapter Contact azmelissa@yahoo.com
Sue Holiday Email Distribution naris123@cs.com
Barbara Phillips Hike Information bagphillips@yahoo.com

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Chapter News

Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, March 19 @ 7:00 p.m.

Posted on Feb 18, 2024

Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 PM: Catherine Young. The Efficacy of Using Terminal and Axillary Bud Cuttings as a Means of Propagation for the Endemic Alpine Species Packera franciscana

Hybrid meeting: In-person and via Zoom

Catherine Young, a sophomore undergraduate researcher from the NAU School of Forestry, will be presenting her study resulting in the first vegetative propagation protocol for the dwarf alpine sunflower Packera franciscana. This plant is listed as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act and is endemic to the alpine tundra of the San Francisco Peaks. She designed a protocol that navigates the challenges of propagating such a small plant, protecting the mother plant from excessive foliage loss, and creating a cost effective method that can be completed quickly. This is the first study in a 3-part series with the goal of producing evidence to help predict the fate of P. franciscana in the face of climate change. The success she has achieved would not be possible without Dr. Margaret M. Moore, Shaula J. Hedwall, and funding from the NAU Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Chapter Meeting, Tuesday April 16 @ 7:00 p.m.

Posted on Feb 18, 2024

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 PM: Janice Busco. The Life and Seasons of the Living Roof.

Hybrid meeting: In-person and via Zoom

Museum of Northern Arizona Research Botanist Jan Busco will share her knowledge about the 14,000-square-foot bioregional native living roof atop the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Easton Collection Center. The living roof was planted in 2009 in six inches of soil with plants grown on the Museum grounds. The plant succession has changed dramatically over the past 15 years. Busco will discuss reasons for these changes and what plants seem to do the best in this arid climate.

Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.

Posted on Feb 18, 2024

Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 PM: Melissa Sevigny. Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon

Hybrid meeting: In-person and via Zoom


Melissa Sevigny will present her new book, Brave the Wild River, the remarkable story of and an evocative and beautifully written chronicle of botanists Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter’s history-making journey through the Grand Canyon in the summer of 1938. Before Clover and Jotter, no one had yet surveyed the plant life of the Grand Canyon, and they were determined to be the first. Through the vibrant letters and diaries of the two women, Sevigny traces their daring forty-three-day journey down the river, during which they meticulously cataloged the thorny plants that thrived in the Grand Canyon’s secret nooks and crannies. Brave the Wild River is a spellbinding adventure of two women who risked their lives to make an unprecedented botanical survey of a defining landscape in the American West, at a time when human influences had begun to change it forever.

Following the presentation will be a book signing. Purchase your books ahead of time at Bright Side Bookshop. Books will not be available at the event.

Melissa L. Sevigny is a science journalist at KNAU (Arizona Public Radio). She has worked in water policy, sustainable agriculture, and space exploration, and is the author of Under Desert Skies and Mythical River. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.


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