Welcome to the Phoenix Chapter web page!

We meet on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM from September through May at various places throughout the Phoenix area. To stay up to date on where our meetings will be held and other activities, please join our email list or follow us on Facebook. or visit us on Instagram.

New Location for Chapter Meetings

Our monthly meetings this fall will now be held at the
South Mountain Environmental Education center
10409 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85042

Directions to South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)
  • Take Central Ave south to South Mountain Park.
  • Take the first left immediately after the Park entrance gate house.
  • The SMEEC Visitor Center is up the hill to the right. There are a few parking spots there (including accessible parking). Feel free to park in the short-term parking spaces. If full, please park in the large lot below to the left and walk the paved trail to the SMEEC facility.
  • The Visitor Center will be closed to the public, but you can access our meeting room through the open door in the courtyard.
Upcoming meetings of the Phoenix Chapter
  • November 10th, 2019 – Guest speaker Brittney Monus: Ecology of desert soils
  • December 8th, 2019 – Volunteer giving day at SMEEC (tentative)
  • January 12th, 2020 – Guest speaker Aireona Raschke: Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (meeting location will be Desert Botanical Garden)

Click here for a list of metro Phoenix native plant nurseries

Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Lisa Rivera President
Natalie Melkonoff Vice President
Danielle Carlock Secretary
Steve Blackwell Treasurer

Volunteering Opportunities

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

  • If you would like to be involved in the committee promoting native plants in the nursery trade, please contact Lisa Rivera
  • If you would like to be involved in the production of native plants for restoration beginning this fall, please contact Kara Barron
  • If you are interested in tabling events to promote AZNPS activities, please contact Natalie Melkonoff

Chapter News

Extra Special! More Events

Posted on Sep 24, 2019

Our hosts, the South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC) and the Arizona Master Naturalists sponsor these events and many others.

Location the South Mountain Environmental Education Center
(See directions above and left)

A Crusty Desert Secret: The Invisible Lifeforms that Transform the Sonoran Landscape 
Wednesday: 10/2
6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Dr. Steve Presse, Arizona State University
Recommended for ages 14 and up.
$5 per person

Hohokam Rock Art at South Mountain Park 
Wednesday: 10/30
6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Learn about the petroglyphs of South Mountain from Peter Krocek, co-author and photographer for the book, “Landscape of the Spirits: Hohokam Rock Art at South Mountain Park.”
Recommended for ages 14 and up. Registration recommended to ensure your spot.
$5 per person

Ancient Civilizations of the Valley 
Wednesday: 11/13
6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Ranger Peter White, City of Phoenix
Recommended for ages 14 and up.
$5 per person

Discovering Lost Crops Among the Hohokam and Other Arizona Cultures 
Wednesday: 12/4
Wendy Hodgson, Herbarium Curator Emerita for Desert Botanical Gardens
Recommended for ages 14 and up.
$5 per person

A Little Plant/Pollinator Interaction

Posted on Jul 10, 2019

June 27

Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) on sweetbush (Bebbia juncea), a native plant that is highly beneficial to bees and butterflies.


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