Meetings of the Tucson Chapter

Location for Chapter Meetings

The Tucson chapter holds meetings between September and May each year, with a summer break.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings in 2021-2022 will be conducted via Zoom.  We will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  The meeting zoom will open at 6:45 pm to allow us to interact socially before the speaker begins.  Mailing list members will receive a Zoom link the Monday before the meeting.  If you are not on our mailing list and wish to attend one of our meetings on Zoom, email us at NativePlantsTucson@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.  Videos of past meetings can be found on our YouTube channel.

Tucson Chapter Meetings

Our meetings will resume in September, 2022.  Stay tuned for more information!


Summer School for Plant Lovers

The University of Arizona Herbarium and the Arizona Native Plant Society will be conducting two short, non-credit courses for people interested in either grass identification or general plant identification, collecting, and processing protocols for herbaria.

If you are interested in either, or both, please contact Ries Lindley at ries.lindley@gmail.com

Grass Class                                                   

Dates: August 12 and 26 (this is a single 2-day class

Times: 9 AM to 3 PM-ish

Where: University of Arizona Herbarium in Herring Hall

Fee: About $40 (we don’t know the cost of materials yet)

This class is a rather intensive crash course in grass identification. The class is meant for people who are seriously interested in identifying species in a difficult family. About half the time each day will be spent on understanding grass terminology, and the remaining half will be spent as lab time identifying and understanding specimens.

PAPAZ Plant Identification (Plant Atlas Project of Arizona)

Dates: August 18, 19, and 20 (this a single 3-day class)

Times: 9 AM to 3 PM-ish

Where: University of Arizona Herbarium in Herring Hall

Fee: Attendees are asked to spend a minimum of two days in the future collecting for any PAPAZ project.

This class is for people new to plant collecting. PAPAZ class is a Botany 101 course in 3 days. Two days are  spent in the herbarium learning fundamental plant terminology, plant ID, herbarium protocols, and botanical study resources. The third day is a field laboratory in plant collection. People who complete the course will have fundamental plant identification skills and will be ready to work on any of the various PAPAZ projects in Arizona.


After a couple of long pandemic years, we can finally rejoin our friends and colleagues in the Arizona Native Plant Society for an evening of fun, conversation, and the restoration of old friendships.  We will host our summer Monsoon Mixer on Friday, August 12, 2022, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Mercado Annex in Tucson, located on Convento between Congress and Cushing.  This is an outdoor venue, where we can spread out and maintain social distancing while still having access to food and refreshment.   More information will follow- but put it on your calendar, and we look forward to seeing you there!



For a list of credits and links to information about Botanical Art and Illustration, click HERE!

Recipes from December 2020 Deserts Libations Program –  CLICK HERE.


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 the Tucson Chapter email to be added to the list. Stay informed by joining us on Facebook.

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


Sonoran Desert Plants: Seasonal Flowering Schedules – Based on 20 years of data from 1966-1985 by William G. McGinnies


Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Lyn Loveless President nativeplantstucson@gmail.com
Jack Dash Vice President nativeplantstucson@gmail.com
Andrew Gouvevitch Treasurer nativeplantstucson@gmail.com

Volunteering Opportunities

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

Cholla flower with visiting Diadasia

Do you like native plants?

Caring for agave and baby cacti? Consider volunteer opportunities at the Pima County Native Plant Nursery! Located at 5845 N. Camino de la Tierra, the Pima County Native Plant Nursery grows native plants for public projects and is looking for volunteers to help with weeding, watering and propagation. The nursery is open Monday to Friday 7:00am to 3:30 pm. Email Amy for available times/days and details. Plant salvage at Cortaro Farms from Camino Del Oeste to Thornydate prior to road improvement project.


Chapter News

Estelle Stern-Eilers is a Ben’s Bells Bellee

Posted on Apr 13, 2022

Howard Weiss nominated Estelle for her work in the Rillito Bend neighborhood in Tucson and in April 2022 Estelle was awarded a Ben’s Bell.

Congratulations, Estelle!

Estelle Stern-Eilers has been the catalyst for improving and beautifying the Rillito Bend neighborhood in Tucson. Through her leadership and example she has identified streetscape projects along Cactus Boulevard that have resulted in the planting of hundreds of plants and trees. Her efforts have turned a once-barren street into a flowering desert landscape. She has organized neighborhood residents who have contributed hundreds of hours of their time to make a neighborhood beautiful while providing habitat for native species of plants, animals, birds and insects.

Our neighborhood and Tucson are better because of Estelle.

October field trip at the Amerind Foundation in Texas Canyon

Posted on Nov 03, 2021

Twenty avid plant seekers assembled at the Amerind Foundation, in Dragoon, AZ, on October 16 to enjoy a beautiful autumn morning and indulge in wonderful views of native plants and rock formations.  We found lots of fall yellow members of the Asteraceae (fondly known as DYCs, or “damn yellow composites”), as well as many other interesting species.  Our best finds were a wonderful finger-leaf gourd, Cucurbita digitata, draped over a large boulder, and the vegetative stems of Asclepia nummularia, tufted milkweed, looking like a couple of stray cabbage plants in the midst of the grasslands.  

A great time was had by all.


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