Colorado Native Plant Society
January 1, 2022
a photo of anemone patens

Second Place  – Colorado Native Plants  in the Garden
2021 CoNPS Photo Contest
Loraine Yeatts – Penstemon barbatus self sowing in the yard

Upcoming CoNPS Webinar

NEW!   Introduction to Colorado Wildflowers from Plains to Peaks

Saturday, January 29, 2022; 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Presenter:  Mo Ewing, M.S.

 For further information and to register, please go to:!event/2022/1/29/conps-webinar-160-introduction-to-colorado-wildflowers-from-plains-to-peaks

To register and receive the member discount, please click on the link above and sign in as a member.  Thanks for your interest in attending this webinar! 

CoNPS Mission Grant Deadline

The next CoNPS Mission Grant Deadline is February 1st, 2022. Mission Grants support research or other projects (activities, educational programs) that contribute to the knowledge, appreciation, and conservation of native plants and habitats in Colorado. Recent awards (which are usually of around $500.00) have supported herbarium collections at the Ute Indian Museum and the building of a strategic seed reserve by the Southern Rockies Seed Network. Find out more at

Call for Submissions

CoNPS Research Grants Deadline is February 15

For more information, or to apply for the John Marr and Myrna Steinkamp Fund Grants, please go to:


Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference


Saturday Feb. 26, 9-4pm.
Registration closes on Feb 23 

Keynote speaker is Doug Tallamy

Link to event home page:

Link to event registration (which can be found on home page):

Colorado Gives Day

CoNPS members and friends gave $14,000 through the Colorado Gives Day Campaign!

 Thank you for your incredible support. You make Colorado Native Plant Society grow constantly with your generosity, not only financially but with all of your other volunteerism, from giving instructional programs at meetings and webinars to helping with our many committees, leadership and events.  A special thanks to the 6 anonymous donors who gave $4000 in matching funds at the last minute.

Thank you, CoNPS Members!!!

Thank you Sponsors!

Annual Conference Virtual Tickets $25 for 12 video presentations through the Store on the CoNPS website!

Did you miss the Annual Conference in Trinidad?

You can buy a virtual ticket for $25, and receive 12 video talks! 

Just visit and go to the What’s New? on the HOME page.  Look for “Purchase Video Presentations of the CoNPS Annual Conference.”

You can read about the twelve videos that comprise this offering.  You don’t have to feel left out if you missed the conference, and you can manage your continuing education at your own pace. 

Goodbye and Thank You, E.O. Wilson
(Photo Reuters, Dec 27, 2021)

Edward Osbourne Wilson, died on Dec 26th at the age of 92.

‘Darwin’s natural heir’ was noted for his groundbreaking work in evolution and entomology.  His focus was on the smaller creatures, proving complex relationships between these organisms and the plants they depend upon for their food through fungal and other ties.

 He wrote over 30 books, won two Pulitzer Prizes, and the National Medal of Science, among dozens of other awards.

Dr. Wilson was a co-founder of ‘The Half-Earth’ Movement which strives to conserve half of the land and half of the oceans to preserve species on earth.  In doing so, he was a great conservator of global plant species.


Are you willing to be a 2022 Garden Tour Host?
  We’d love to hear from you. 
Share your hard work on your beautiful native garden with CoNPS members and friends.

The Live events will be in June in major cities, to be determined.  The Virtual events will happen in March or April.  This is a very popular program for CoNPS, but we need new and exciting gardens to visit in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Denver, Golden, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Durango, Pagosa Springs, and close outlying areas.  Please contact Denise Wilson,

Photo by Donna Baker-Breningstall

Give the Gift of the CoNPS Native Plant Sale

Purchase a $25 Gift Certificate to the 2022 Native Plant Sale

Purchase gift certificates (from the CoNPS Bookstore) to the CoNPS 2022 Native Plant Sale this spring.  The CoNPS Plant Sale is one of our biggest fundraisers. It also extends our interest in native plants into the practical realm of native plant gardening. Every garden can be a native plant and pollinator refuge. Supporting native plants and habitats is part of the CoNPS mission and we are one of the leading distributors of native plants in Colorado.

The gift certificate is not redeemable during the online ordering, starting April 1, 2022. The gift certificate is only redeemable on the day of the plant sale, after noon.  The recipient will be able to select their plants from the overflow after all orders have been filled.  Some species may not be available in the overflow section.

Please save your receipt that will be emailed to you during the purchase of this gift certificate and bring it with you to the in-person plant sale.

Give a unique gift this holiday season AND pay it forward — purchase CoNPS Native Plant Sale gift certificates. To ensure our continued success as native plant distributors, this year we are purchasing 10% more plants than are ordered in order to facilitate any plant substitutions required due to expected supply issues. And also to fulfill pre-paid gift certificates.

2022 CoNPS Annual Conference

The 46th CoNPS Annual Conference will be hosted by the Boulder Chapter  the weekend of September 16-18, 2022! We are in negotiations with the Longmont Museum, and will report back as soon as we have solid plans. The working theme is Peaks to Prairie: impacts of a changing climate”.


Chapter Field Trips and Workshops are dependent upon local conditions, at the discretion of the Leader and should be considered tentative, allowing for Federal, State, County, and local COVID-19 restrictions. Trip Leaders, please keep your Attendee Sheet, should future contact tracing be necessary. Everyone, please read the revised Waiver and Release of Liability before agreeing to it, including travel to/from events with your familial group or by yourself.

CoNPS Chapter News & Events

All chapter events are free and open to members of all chapters.
Go to The CoNPS Events Calendar for details/links to virtual meetings and for other upcoming events.

Boulder Chapter:  Contact for info.
Boulder Chapter Meeting Wednesday February2, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (MST).  
“Was Clements wrong? Insights from plant distributions of his life-long study site, Pikes Peak”, presented by Julian Resasco, Plant Ecologist and Assistant Professor, CU Boulder, whose lab studies how human stressors to the environment affect biodiversity and how to mitigate those impacts.
GoToMeeting login info for our winter meetings:

Metro-Denver Chapter: Contact for more info
We are seeking additional Leadership Team members! If you are interested in joining the team, please email us at! (Everyone from all backgrounds are welcome, and no experience is necessary, just enthusiasm!


Northern Chapter: Contact Ann Grant for more info.
Northern Chapter Meeting, Tuesday, January 4, 2020, 6:45pm Zoom Meeting:  Results from the 2020 CalWood Fire:  How do Plant Communities Respond?  Speaker:  Chrissy Alba, PhD

Plateau Chapter: Contact Jim Pisarowicz at for more info

San Luis Valley Chapter: Contact Carol English at for more info.

SE Chapter: Contact Curt Nimz, for more info.

SE Chapter Virtual Meeting – Presentation by Melody Daugherty, executive director of the Manitou Pollinators. January 27, 6-8 pm!event/2022/1/27/se-chapter-meeting-presentation-by-melody-daugherty-executive-director-of-the-manitou-pollinators

SW Chapter: Contact Amanda Kuenzl at for more info.

CoNPS Committee Updates

Conservation Committee: Please contact Mo Ewing ( for more info.

Education/Outreach Committee: Contact for more info.

Field Studies Committee: Please contact Lara Duran ( for more information.

Horticulture Committee: Contact Ann Grant for more information on:
Project Budburst
Certified Native Plant Garden, request an

Media Committee:
Magazine: Deadline for the Spring 2022 issue is March 15.
Contact Kelly Ambler at
Social Media: Contact
Website: Contact Mo Ewing at
E-News: Contact Linda at

Mission Grants Committee: Contact Christina Alba for more info.

Research Grants Committee: Contact Stephen Stern for more info.

Restoration Committee: Contact Haley Stratton for more info

Scholarship Committee: Contact Cecily Mui for more info
Scholarship application


The Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) of the City of Boulder has funding available through its funded research program for scientific inquiry on OSMP lands. The maximum award amount for OSMP proposals is $10,000. Proposal deadline is Jan 7, 2022.Full details are available here:

The City of Longmont is excited to announce the second year of our funded research program that provides small grants for research, monitoring, and resource inventories to help further the City’s understanding of our natural resources and management practices.  Please review our program guidelines and important dates at   
Proposals are due January 10th.

Boulder County Parks & Open Space awards small grants for research and biological inventories on open space lands. These research projects and inventories provide valuable data to monitor management practices, advance our ability to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change, and improve resources and park visitor experiences.

  • Grants are awarded up to $10,000.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that address the priority research topics, but all proposals will be considered.
  • It is strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate staff members to discuss research topics before submitting your proposal.
  • The deadline for proposals is Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.
  • For more information:


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