Kootenay Native Plant Society

Connecting people, plants, and place

Join hundreds of volunteers across the continent from July 27 to August 4 for the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz. Together we can make a difference!

Native plants are the foundation of our ecosystems

 

The Kootenay Native Plant Society works to promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation & restoration of native plants & natural habitats in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.

The need for native plant conservation is more acute than ever

The need for native plant conservation is more acute than ever

Plant diversity is important to buffer the effects of climate change

Upcoming Events

Aug
27
Sat
2:00 pm Rewilding for Everyone: The Crea... @ Kootenay Gallery
Rewilding for Everyone: The Crea... @ Kootenay Gallery
Aug 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rewilding for Everyone: The Creation of Native Plant Gardens at the Kootenay Gallery @ Kootenay Gallery
Olga Hallborg, Castlegar Butterflyway Rangers Coordinator Bren Beckwith PhD, Owner, KinSeed Ecologies This talk will highlight the progress on the development of native plant gardens that attract and support native pollinators at the Kootenay Gallery. [...]
Sep
23
Fri
12:00 pm KCP Fall Gathering: Celebrating...
KCP Fall Gathering: Celebrating...
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm
The Kootenay Conservation Program Fall Gathering is celebrating 20 years of conservation partnerships in the Kootenays. KNPS’s own Valerie Huff will be speaking on the opening day lunch panel with a talk titled “Better Biodiversity[...]

Volunteer Seed Collectors Needed

The Pollination Pathway initiative of KNPS needs help collecting seeds of native plants for restoration projects on 13 sites in the West Kootenay.

If you are interested in training in ethical seed collection, sign up to receive notice of upcoming seed collection opportunities.

The Pollination Pathway initiative of the Kootenay Native Plant Society needs help collecting seeds of native plants for restoration projects on 13 sites in the West Kootenay. 

  • Learn how to ethically collect native seeds
  • Contribute to pollinator conservation
  • Learn about the wonders of seeds.

We collect seeds when the seeds are ready!  Email us to receive notice of upcoming seed collection opportunities.

Email  for details or to let us know to include you on future collection days.

Seed Collection Volunteer

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Working for Camas Conservation in Millennium Park, Castlegar

 

Some of the most intact and productive communities of camas (Camassia quamash) remain in Millennium Park, as well as at adjacent locales, kp’itl’els (Lower Brilliant Terrace) and the Oxbow (below Selkirk College), occurring around the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers.   Learn more about the importance of camas in the BC Interior on the Camas page (under “Our Work”).

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Once again this year KNPS is restoring meadows on Kootenay Lake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year we will continue to work with our Kootenay Lake community partners on their newly developing wildflower meadows to support native pollinators as part of our Wildflowers for Pollinators: Citizen Science Meadowscaping Project (W4P).  Project supported by the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund!  Find out more about the project here.

 

 

 

 

 

“…the single most effective action you can take [to support bees and pollination services] is to plant native wildflower habitat.”

 

– Xerces Society