Colorado Native Plant Society
a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge,
appreciation and conservation of native plants and
habitats of Colorado through education,
stewardship and advocacy

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Scholarships to all CoNPS Events are available.

Upcoming Events

Spring and Summer Activities Taking Shape !

Native Plant Week in Fort Collins
June 10-17, 2017
Presentations - June 10, 10am-Noon. FREE
Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave
Followed by A Week of Native Plant Activities and Events!
See Native Plant Week in Fort Collins 2017 Flyer for all the details

CoNPS 2017 BioBlitz initial plans set
Leadville - July 28-30
Check out the primary plans below:
CoNPS 2017 Leadville BioBlitz
Register Now!

Denver and Southeast Chapters Set up 
Spring and Summer Field Trips
Check them out on the Event Calendar

                  Current Conservation Issues

The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is asking for public comments on the " Resource Management Plan Preliminary Draft Alternatives". Deadline is Friday May 5th. 

Public Meetings will be held to answer your questions and take your comments. (Keys to Making Effective Comments - Fact Sheet, Royal Gorge BLM Field Office.)    

2017 CoNPS Western Slope Festival
$50 CoNPS Members; $60 non-members, $40 students
Saturday, June 3 - Sunday, June 4

Join CoNPS in Gunnison on the first weekend of June to enjoy the peak of wildflower season. Learn about Western Slope native plant conservation issues and see them in person during guided hikes. CoNPS is featuring a remarkable list of speakers and topics:

  • Keynote: Rare Plants and the US Forest Service by Tyler Johnson, US Forest Service Botanist

    Sagebrush Response to Climate Change by Tom Grant, Western Colorado State University

    Sudden Aspen Decline Impacts on Biodiversity by Jim Worrall, US Forest Service

    Using Citizen Science to Protect Native Pollinators by Shay Hlavaty, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

    Rare Plants in the Gunnison Area by Peggy Lyon, Colorado Natural Heritage Program

    Western Slope Locales and Garden Plants by Panayoti Kelaidis, Denver Botanic Gardens

    Media Lunas, One Rock Dams, and Zuni Bowls: Improving Wetland Habitat and Diversity One Rock at a Time by Renee Rondeau, Colorado Natural Heritage Program

    What Can You Learn about the Climate by Counting Flowers? By David Inouye, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Talks will be 9am-2pm on Saturday, June 3rd - visit the CoNPS Bookstore at breaks.
Hikes will begin at 2:30 pm and will focus on the plant communities in the Gunnison area. That evening an optional BBQ gathering will be held at a nearby park pavilion.
On Sunday morning another round of hikes will be available to choose from (some repeated from Saturday and some new).

Free Gunnison Art Walk on Friday, June 2nd 5-8pm to the CoNPS Event Calendar for the Western Slope Festival? Details at:Fttp://

$50 CoNPS Members; $60 non-members, $40 students

Upcoming Garden Tours and Plant Sales

2017 CoNPS Native Plant Garden Tour - Denver Area
in Partnership with Terra Foundation & Front Range Wild Ones
Saturday, June 10; 8am - 4pm  
$25 for CoNPS Members.   

2017 CoNPS Native Plant Garden Tour - Boulder Area
In partnership with Terra Foundation, Audubon Rockies and the Boulder Audubon Society
Saturday, July 1; 8:00am - 12 noon
$20 for members  

CoNPS 2017 Spring Native Plant Sale is now over.
Purchasers will be notified by email regarding pick-up locations and times. For questions, please contact Jen Bousselot at  

See the CoNPS 2016 Photo Contest Winners


What is the definition of a Native Plant?
Native plant - a plant species "that occurs naturally in a particular region, state, ecosystem, and habitat without
direct or indirect human actions" (Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee, 1994).
Click Here to get more information.

Colorado Native Plant List from SEINet

Click Here to See and Download the List

 Low-Water Native Plants for Colorado  Gardens Guides

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 Front Range & Foothills
 Mountains 7,500' and Above
 Prairie and Plains
South Eastern Colorado
Western Slope - Below 7,000'

Photo by Jan Turner

Go to CoNPS Photo winners to see winners from 2012 - 2016

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