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!


2022 Kootenay Native Plant Society AGM

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm PST

Looking forward to seeing you, via Zoom, at our up-coming AGM!

The evening will begin with a special presentation, “Cedar Nation: Exploring Trees, Water, and Boundaries – Together!” by former Kootenay resident and renowned author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes. Be sure to stick around for the business meeting to hear about the remarkable Pollination Pathway Climate Adaptation Program, now entering its second year.

 Come back here to join the meeting:

Native plants are the foundation of our ecosystems

The need for native plant conservation is more acute than ever

To protect pollinators, protect native plant communities

Plant diversity is important to buffer the effects of climate change


Newsworthy Native Plant Initiatives 2020


New Directors Banner


We’re looking for New Members for our Board of Directors!


The Kootenay Native Plant Society is seeking new directors! We are looking to expand the KNPS board capacity by engaging plant lovers (and plant curious people) who can complement our existing skills with other unique talents including:
● Financial planning and management. 
● Creativity, community arts development, and/or arts grant writing. 
● Graphic design and/or web development. 
● Video storytelling and/or social media.

 Interested in joining the board? 

 Please send an email to Iraleigh Anderson at  kootenaywild@gmail.com

 In your email, please be sure to include:

  • Your name, location, and contact information.
  • A few words about your interests and background
  • The name of your favourite native plant.

 Please submit your email by April 1, 2021.  If accepted, you should be willing to stand for election at the KNPS AGM to be held on April 22, 2021.


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”).






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