Benefits of Membership
Members receive a variety of benefits as listed below, as well as first notifications of upcoming events, and discounts on many of them. And of course, members also can take satisfaction in belonging to an organization actively engaged in conservation, and providing opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute!
Workshops are held from September through April. Participants learn about a specific group of plants or other topics of botanical interest presented by an authority in the field. Topics have included:
Introductory Plant Identification
Nyctaginaceae of Colorado
Gardening with Native Plants
Numerous field trips are conducted every summer to areas throughout the state. Participants have the opportunity to enhance their botanical skills with the help of expert trip leaders. One and two-day trips are planned from late May through September. Examples of previous field trips include:
Alpine Wildflower Walk
Sandhills Flora of the High Plains
Calypso Orchids and Shooting Stars
Members receive Aquilegia, a quarterly newsletter, as well as discounts on a wide selection of field guides, natural history publications and other related books.. In addition you may sign up for our bi-weekly eNews which keeps you up to date on the Society and other conservation issues.
The annual conference is held in the fall with the location varying each year, usually alternating between the East Slope and West Slope. Each meeting focuses on topics relating to Colorado native plants and includes presentations, workshops and field trips.
Local chapters hold meetings in the winter and offer the opportunity to meet experts, learn about local issues and discuss topics of interest. Chapters are located throughout the state. Chapter members receive emails about upcoming events and news.
The Society provides small grants for research on Colorado rare plants and native plant ecology and conservation from the Myrna P. Steinkamp or John Marr Funds, to qualified applicants through a competitive process. Guidelines are available on the CoNPS website and the deadline for the grants is usually in February; check the website to verify the deadline.
Funding to assist with publications and small projects is provided by the society. Applications may be submitted twice a year. Information and deadlines for these grants will be available in the future.
Find out about job openings in botany and related fields, meet people with similar interests ranging from plant identification, conservation and restoration to plant photography and gardening with native plants for pollinators. Our members have many interests and expertise in a variety of areas.
Volunteers are needed to help conserve and educate others about native plants. Members are invited to participate in the following activities:
Conservation – Stewardship projects, advocacy and monitoring, weed pulls
Education/Outreach – Teach others about native plants
Field Studies – Help experts collect data
Horticulture/Restoration – Encourage native plants at home and in public gardens
Workshops and Field Trips – Share your expertise in native plants as a leader for field trips or instructor at our workshops. Hosts are also needed for workshops
Media – Help produce the newsletter (Aquilegia) or connect to members through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Help run the website.
Committees – Lend a hand to Chairs of the several different CoNPS committees.