Chapter Meetings

Chapter meetings and evening programs are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from March through October, beginning at 7:00 pm. Our monthly meetings are held at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1601 North San Francisco St. Monthly field trips are usually on the following weekend, and are announced via email and the Arizona Daily Sun. These events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise announced, meet for carpooling to field trips at 8:30 a.m., at the OneAZ Credit Union parking lot at the southwest corner of Beaver and Butler. Bring sun and/or rain protection, water, snacks, lunch, and a car or gas money for carpooling. For more information about field trips, email Barbara Phillips at bagphillips@yahoocom.



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.

Chapter Leadership

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

Volunteering Opportunities

Want to get involved? We've got just the thing!

Northern Arizona University, Deaver Herbarium
We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help mount pressed specimens for the permanent collection. No experience necessary, training will be provided. No reply needed, just show up and join a fun group.Work sessions will take place every first and third Friday of the month at 1:30 to 3:30pm in the Deaver herbarium in the Biological Sciences Bldg on 617 S, Beaver Street. The herbarium is located in room 314 on the south side of the third floor.

Next Sessions:

  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15

Parking near the NAU campus is very difficult, but the Mountain Line #10 bus stops right in front of the building. For more information visit the Deaver website or contact session organizers Gisela Kluwin or Vera Markgraf

Museum of Northern Arizona
The Museum of Northern Arizona is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist in the curation of herbarium specimens including identifying specimens, mounting pressed specimens, filing pressed specimens into the herbarium, and georeferencing specimens. The Museum is also looking for volunteers to help plant, weed, and prune the native plants in the Colton Research Garden, at the Colton House, and around the Museum grounds. For more information, please contact Museum botanist, Kirstin Phillips.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Our Southwest Butterfly House is open Wednesday-Monday from 10:00-4:00. We are looking for volunteers to assist staff on weekends Shifts are 10:00-1:00 and 1:00-4:00.  Training and resoures are provided. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Shannon Benjamin at Shannon.benjamin@thearb.org or 928-774-1442 ext. 127.

Grow Flagstaff Seed Library
The Grow Flagstaff Seed Library is looking for volunteers to help create seed packets to add to the growing seed library. For more information, please contact Jackee Alston.

Plant Atlas Project of Arizona
here are several plant ongoing plant atlas projects in northern Arizona. The Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) is a statewide partnership between the Arizona Native Plant Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Desert Botanical Garden, Northern Arizona University, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the U.S. Forest Service to document the diversity and distribution of Arizona’s flora. For more information, see the Plant Atlas Project website or contact Kirstin Phillips.

Weed Warrior Activities
The AZNPS Flagstaff Chapter will join forces with the Grand Canyon Trust, Master Gardeners, and other local organizations to tackle the enormous weed problem along Fort Valley Road between the Fire Station, Trust’s headquarters, Pioneer Museum and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Invasive plant species tend to be aggressive, to outcompete native plants for resources and space, and to decrease biodiversity. Diffuse Knapweed, Kochia, Bull Thistle (below), Cheatgrass and many other species are present throughout our project focus area. Together we can work to remove them and increase the chances for native grasses and flowers to flourish. There has already been major improvement at the Pioneer Museum, and native species are filling in among the native grasses. However, there is still more work to do. Details about these projects are on the Grand Canyon Trust’s website. Please come out and join local weed warriors and plant enthusiasts for one or all three workdays of weed removal, exercise, and fun. Please contact Dorothy Lamm with questions or just register at the website. See you there.

Chapter News

Tuesday, April 21: Ellie Becklund

Posted on Mar 11, 2020

In just a few pockets along the LCR, the imperiled Errazurizia rotundata quietly sits in sandstone outcroppings. It is one of four legumes in the genus Errazurizia, which has a disjunct distribution across the New World tropics. The other errazurizias live in narrow ranges in the deserts of Chile, Baja California, and northern Mexico.

This talk will outline the historical focus on this genus and its evolutionary relationships, and the presentday work that clarified generic boundaries of this group. Ellie Becklund is a master’s student in Dr. Tina Ayers’ lab at NAU studying plant systematics and evolution.

The meeting will be at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church , 1601 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Photo: Daniella Roth

CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Concerns: (Tuesday, March 24: Nicholas Wilhelmi. Common Pathogens of Arizona’s Forests)

Posted on Mar 11, 2020

This meeting has been cancelled due to safety concerns about the Corona virus.

There are a variety of pathogens that influence forest health in Arizona, ranging from fungi to parasitic plants, both native and introduced. This presentation will focus on some of the common pathogens which affect Arizona’s forests. Topics covered will include basic biology, effects on host tree species, as well as management.

Nicholas Wilhelmi studied forestry at the University of Missouri and Forest Pathology at Oregon State University. He has worked as a forest pathologist with Forest Health Protection, Arizona Zone since 2017.

For this meeting only, because of NAU’s spring break, we will be having the meeting at the Murdoch Center, 203 E Brannen Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Photo: Max Licher

Tuesday, October 15: Tina Ayers. Namibia and Namaqualand

Posted on Sep 03, 2019

In August, Tina made the trip of a lifetime with Randy Scott and Vera Markgraf to visit the Namib Desert. Tina’s presentation will chronicle their two-week adventure to find the desert in bloom and to visit one of the more bizarre plants on earth, Welwitschia mirabilis. Surreal landscapes and succulents will be the emphasis of this presentation. There will also be a seed exchange of NATIVE ARIZONA plants. Tina is Director and Curator of Deaver Herbarium, Northern Arizona University


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