Meetings of the Tucson Chapter

Location for Chapter Meetings

The Tucson chapter holds meetings between September and May each year, with a summer break.  We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  We hold  “hybrid” meetings, where we meet both  in person and also on Zoom.  The live meetings will be in the ENR2 (Environment and Natural Resources 2) building at the University of Arizona, located on 6th street near Park.  We meet in Room S215.  Parking is available in the 6th St parking garage adjacent to ENR2.  A credit card is required to pay for garage parking.  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 Meeting – Thursday, May 9, 2024


Tucson Audubon’s Invasive Plant Program

Presented by Tony Figueroa

Senior Manager – IPP – Tucson Audubon


Thursday,  May 9, 2024


7:00 pm at the University of Arizona ENR2, Room S215.  Also on zoom.

For the zoom link, email nativeplantstucson@gmail.com

Invasive plants don’t recognize jurisdictional boundaries. The Tucson Audubon Society works to  bridge the gap between public lands, government agencies, and private land holdings in their efforts to protect native species by joining the battle against invasives. Invasive species treatments in riparian areas and saguaro forests are prioritized as these are critical habitats for much wildlife. Stink net is also a priority. Tucson Audubon now has a small army of 20 full-time employees working throughout the region on invasive plant management projects.   Join Tony Figueroa from Tucson Audubon Society to learn about protecting our native species by prioritizing invasive species treatments in riparian sites and saguaro forests.


Audubon Invasive Plant Program Senior Manager Tony Figueroa was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2018 with a BS in Natural Resources focusing on Wildlife Conservation Management. He recognized that the best way he could help the wildlife that he loves is to protect and conserve the native vegetation.  After interning at Saguaro National Park and working as a seasonal employee at the Grand Canyon, he wanted to do more than just protect those special places. Working at a non-profit allows him to engage with the community he loves and grew up in and to foster connections with many different agencies, organizations, and private landowners to increase awareness of non-native species.



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


Chapter Leadership

Name Role Contact
Jack Dash President nativeplantstucson@gmail.com
Vice President nativeplantstucson@gmail.com
Andrew Gourevitch 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

Upcoming AZNPS Volunteer opportunities June-July-August

Posted on Jun 19, 2023

This summer there will be several conservation related volunteer activities to support our ongoing native plant restoration efforts on the Waterman Restoration Site and A-Mountain.  If you are interested in participating please contact for details : aznpsconservation@yahoo.com

  1. Foothill Palo Verde Pod Harvesting along west Avra Valley road. Seed from this harvest will be planted at the Waterman Restoration and on A-Mountain.  Volunteers will clear (lop) undergrowth to make room for harvest, catch seed pods with tarps, and whack trees to harvest the pods.

Date and Time :  7am on Saturday 1 July

Meeting Location : Intersection of Avra Valley and Pump Station Roads (1st cattle guard)

Wear : sturdy boots, long sleeved plants and shirt, and bring work gloves

RSVP to aznpsconservation@yahoo.com

  1. Baby Saguaro transplanting on the Waterman Restoration Site. Volunteers will meet at the Waterman Restoration Site to dig holes, pre-water, and transplant baby saguaros gifted to AZNPS by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society.

Date and Time :  7am on Saturday 1 July

Meeting Location : Waterman Restoration Site. 19 Miles from I-10 on Avra Valley Rd, then turn left at the new Holcim sign and drive straight for 1 mile, bearing left.

Wear : sturdy boots, long sleeved plants and shirt, and bring work gloves

RSVP to aznpsconservation@yahoo.com


Native Plant Art Show at UA through August 3

Posted on Jun 19, 2023

Native Plant Art Show

This summer the UA Special collections Gallery is running a show titled: “Inspired by Plants: the Art and Science of the UA Campus Floregium”

This show features illustrations of the plants in the Joseph Wood Krutch Garden at the University. The exhibit runs until August 3. Click the link below for more details



Chiricahua Weekend Workshop 2023

Posted on Jun 01, 2023

Late Summer in the Chiricahua Mountains
September 16, 17, and 18, 2023

Southwestern Research Station, Portal, Cochise County

The Cochise and Tucson Chapters of the Arizona Native Plant Society are again sponsoring a long weekend in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Cochise County.
These richly diverse mountains are one the northern-most islands in the Madrean Archipelago that encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico , Sonora, and Chihuahua. Come enjoy this weekend with us.
Whatever the weather, there will be botanical treats and great company.

Tentative Schedule:
Day 1: Arrive mid to late afternoon, check in, eat supper and head for the education center for some plant talks and discussion.

Day 2: An all-day field trip to a location to be determined. Or alternatively, stay nearer SWRS and attend one or both of two shorter field trips. Happy Hour at the pool before dinner. Evening program in the station’s education center consisting of a plant ID workshop for plants encountered during the field trips.

Day 3: A morning field trip, lunch, and then depart.

Accommodations, including meals, will be provided by the Southwestern Research Station.



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