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         Monday, October 10, 2016 (Olympia)  7PM
Truls Jensen:  Inspiration from On-High

Truls Jensen has been very active with the North American Rock Garden Society. He will speak to us on how plants have adapted to the extreme environmental conditions of high mountains and what that tells us about selecting and caring for garden plants as our climate changes. All those concerned about climate change will find Truls’ talk fascinating.

Truls and his wife Emma Elliot own and operate Wild Ginger Farm in Beavercreek, Oregon where they grow and sell alpine, native and woodland plants. Truls was born in Norway and, after moving to the U.S. as a child, was drawn to the Sierra Nevada of California where he explored and backpacked extensively. His interest in nature led him to study biology and ultimately earn a PhD in Entomology. As a scientist he conducted ecological field research for the University of California, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Natural History Survey. You may visit their website at

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (Tacoma)  7PM
Mark Egger:  Castillejas, the Indian Paintbrush

Mark Egger will guide us through the fascinating world of the Castillejas and share a few pictures of his incredible photo collection.

Mark is a retired public school science teacher who has given his expertise to become a research Associate at the Burke Museum in Seattle. As Mark describes himself, “I am a life-long naturalist and biologist with a special interest in botany and birds. I am “best known” in the naturalist community as a specialist on the plant genus Castilleja (Indian Paintbrush), . . . My primary photo collection is on Flickr, and I invite you to come visit my site. My Castillejas photos number in the tens of thousands and are arranged in 260 species sets. Every Castilleja species and variety in North America is presented, as well as many of the species from Mexico and Central and South America”.

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Monday, November 14, 2016 (Olympia)  7PM
Donovan Tracy:  Sub-alpine Meadows of Mt. Rainier

Donovan Tracy is an exceptional photographer who has amassed an amazing collection of photos of the flowers of Mt. Rainier. Donovan is the co-author with David Giblin, collection manager of the UW Herbarium, of the Burke Museum’s Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier, a field guide first published in 2011. The guide features 90 flowers commonly found above the tree line.

Easy to use and durable, Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier is a valuable resource for further appreciation of the splendor of Mt. Rainier’s flowers in the higher elevations. He will speak to us about Mt. Rainier’s sub-alpine meadows.

To view his work, visit Donovan Tracy’s website at Flowers of Rainier, Enter/index.htm. His web site includes photographs and descriptions of 235 species of flowering plants within Mount Rainier National Park.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (Tacoma)  7PM
Dr. Sarah Spear Cooke: Wetlands

Dr. Cooke has fifteen years of experience in wetlands ecological research and environmental consulting along with twenty years of experience in ecological and geological research in the Pacific Northwest. She specializes in wetland creation, restoration and enhancement projects, both in design and implementation. Dr. Cooke’s expertise includes wetland inventories, delineation and mitigation designs, baseline studies, monitoring programs, rare plant surveys, soil assessments, watershed analysis, vegetation mapping, and environmental assessments in the region. She has a very broad range of experience and expertise Cooke Scientific (CS) is an experienced ecological consulting firm that offers a broad spectrum of wetland and stream related services. Dr. Cooke is the former instructor for the Wetland Certification Program at the University of Washington. She is also the author/editor of A Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington & Northwestern Oregon and co-author of Wetlands and Urbanization: Implications for the Future.

Monday, December 12, 2016 (Olympia)  7PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (Tacoma)  7PM
Holiday Celebrations and Member Presentations

Chapter members involved in native plant activities and projects are invited to informally present what they have done or are working on. Presentations can include pictures, slides or other materials and can be as informal as simply speaking about your work. We request that speakers limit their presentations/talks to no more than 10 minutes. In addition to these member presentations, we hope to have trip leaders present brief overviews of the trip(s) they have led. Beverages and door prizes will be provided. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share.
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Monday, January 9, 2017 (Olympia)  7PM
Sarah Hamman:  South Sound Prairie Restoration

The South Sound Prairies are a fragile and shrinking environment threatened by development, invasive species (including Douglas-fir) and changing climate. The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) staff, aided by numerous community volunteers, has taken the lead in preserving and restoring these prairies. Come and learn more about the challenges we face and the steps being taken to address them.

Sarah Hamman is the Restoration Ecologist for the Center for Natural Lands Management, a conservation non-profit based out of Washington and California. Her work is aimed at restoring rare species habitat in PNW prairies using rigorous science and careful conservation planning. Sarah holds a B.A. in Biology from Wittenberg University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University.

Sarah is also an adjunct professor at The Evergreen State College, where she teaches Fire Science and Society, and Restoration Ecology, for the Master of Environmental Science program. Sarah and Frederica Bowcutt have co-edited the valuable new book, Vascular Plants of the South Sound Prairies. Our chapter supported the rollout of the book in 2016.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (Tacoma)  7PM
Jessica Stone:  Restoration of the Parkland Prairie

The Parkland Prairie Nature Preserve is a 4.5-acre parcel owned by Pierce County Parks and Recreation in the Parkland area. Located at the intersection of Tule Lake Rd. S. and Yakima Ave S., the preserve contains a degraded urban patch of prairie dominated by noxious weeds. Pierce County Parks and Recreation has teamed with the Pierce County Beekeepers Association to reclaim and improve the preserve by removing noxious weeds, installing forage-rich plants to help pollinators, and creating an accessible and educational place for the public to enjoy.

Jessica Stone is the Natural Lands Steward for Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services. She is heading up the restoration effort in cooperation with the Pierce County Beekeepers. They are currently designing six areas: a display garden, a Rubus garden, central prairie, oak woodland, riparian area, and Douglas-fir woodland. WNPS is supporting the project.


Meeting Locations:

Washington State Capitol Museum Coach House
211 21st Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501

Directions to the Washington State Capital Museum: From Interstate 5 in Olympia, take Exit 105, following the "State Capital/City Center" route. Go through a tunnel, (get in the left hand lane) and turn left on Capital Way. Follow the brown and white "State Capital Museum" signs to 21st Avenue. Turn right on 21st Avenue and proceed two blocks. The museum is on the left in a stucco mansion.  We meet in the carriage house in back of the mansion.

Tacoma Nature Center
1919 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA  98405

Directions to the Tacoma Nature Center: From Interstate 5, take State Highway 16 towards Gig Harbor. Look for the 19th Street EAST, exit and take it, which puts you onto South 19th Street. Travel to the first light, turn right on South Tyler, and then left into the first driveway at the Tacoma Nature Center.

General Meeting Information

South Sound Chapter presentations are held on the
second Monday and Wednesday of the month (October through May, in Olympia and Tacoma, respectively):

  • In Olympia, we typically gather at the Washington State Capitol Museum (211 21st Avenue SW; 360-753-2580).
  • In Tacoma, we typically gather at the Tacoma Nature Center (1919 South Tyler; 253-591-6439).
  • On occasion, however, our presentations are held at alternate facilities to accommodate larger audiences, so please be sure to note where each  meeting is held before you embark.

All meetings are open to the public and most are free of charge. Refreshments are typically provided by WNPS volunteers. We hope you'll join us for an evening of camaraderie and education about the world of native plants as well as the habitats that they create and sustain.

Outside of field trips and holiday gatherings, most meetings start at 7:00 pm. These "meetings" consist of a quick preview of activity announcements, but are mostly grounded in presentations that last 45 minutes to over an hour. Our topics are geared to attract and speak to neophytes and amateurs, as well as "dyed-in-the-wool" or otherwise committed botanists. We may be biased, but we think our presentations are top of the line!  

Members and the public are invited to attend all presentations.  For more information about our programs, please contact the Chapter Chair.

We hope to see all of you at the meetings!!!