For the remainder of 2020, all Chapter activities will take place virtually via Zoom. Our virtual events will be announced at least two weeks in advance to our email list subscribers. To join our email list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our events are open to Chapter members as well as the general public, unless stated otherwise. If you’re interested in becoming a Chapter member, please view the Membership page. Yearly membership is just $30 for individuals, $15 for students, and $35 for families.
Next Chapter Meeting – November 2020 (date TBD)
Join us via Zoom for a presentation and discussion about landscaping with native plants in the Phoenix metro area. Full details coming soon!
2020-2021 Chapter Elections
Our annual Chapter elections will take place during our November meeting. Chapter offices are open to members only. To learn more or to make a nomination for one our offices, please email email@example.com.
Budding Botanist Training – January 2021 (tentative)
Our Chapter has informed the Desert Botanical Garden that we are interested in participating a virtual Budding Botanist Training, along with other AZNPS Chapters. This event is tentatively scheduled for January 2021. More details to come!
If you opt to explore our beautiful desert parks and public lands that are open, please do so safely to protect yourself and others.
Also, take extra care to obey fire restrictions that are in place in many areas. For the latest information about wildfires in Arizona or anywhere in the US, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov. (Image source: Bureau of Land Management – Arizona)
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Follow the AZNPS Phoenix Chapter’s Facebook page for more information about local native plants news and events!
We also invite you to follow our Chapter on Instagram and use the hashtag #aznativeplants to help us raise awareness of Arizona’s amazing native plants!
Seeking native plants to use in landscaping?
We’ve compiled a list of metro Phoenix nurseries with a nice selection of native plants. Click here to download a copy.Due to precautionary measures currently in place, please contact a nursery directly to determine if they have special operating hours or procedures.
In addition, many local organizations hold plant sale fundraisers in the spring and fall because those are ideals times for planting. Please see the list below for upcoming events. We’ll update you if/when any additional local plant sales take place this year.
If you feel there’s a local nursery, native plant fundraiser, or seed supplier we should add to our list, please let us know!
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Volunteer activities are currently limited due to COVID-19 precautions. We recommend the following citizen science projects that you can safely participate in on your own while social distancing at home or taking a walk in your neighborhood.
Visit one of six local libraries loaning out citizen science tools and supplies.
You can be a “neighborhood naturalist”
Posted on Sep 17, 2020
In August we hosted a virtual Metro Phoenix EcoFlora workshop presented by Jeny Davis, EcoFlora Coordinator and AZNPS Phoenix Chapter member.
A recording of the webinar is available on YouTube. We invite you to watch and learn how to become a “neighborhood naturalist”!
Seed ball pilot project
Posted on Aug 05, 2020
Over the summer, we began a pilot project in coordination with the Maricopa Native Seed Library to study the success of using seeds balls as a method to add native plants to home landscapes. Seed balls are widely used, but there are few published studies about them. So we’ve teamed up to study their germination success in various residential locations throughout the Valley.
Thirty of our members and supporters are participating in the seed ball project. They “planted” the seeds balls at home in July and will monitor any growth over the summer and fall. We’ll keep you posted on what happens!
Be an EcoFlora citizen scientist!
Posted on Jun 02, 2020
There is a new citizen science project that we encourage our members to participate in! The Metro Phoenix EcoFlora, led by the Desert Botanical Garden, is an iNaturalist project focused on plants found in urban environments. So, this is a project that can safely be done while social distancing at home or taking a walk in the neighborhood.