What's New?

2023 Annual Conference

In the beautiful San Luis Vally this year September 23 & 24 Click for details!

Great Galls!

Learn about galls and how to ID them. A fruitful search while we wait for more flowers!

a photo of a mass of white tufted evening primrose flowers

Landscaping with Field Collected Native Plants

“Landscaping with Field Collected Native Plants” is an article from the September – October edition of Aquilegia.  It is an article written by Stan Metsker about his approach to recreating natural plant communities on a golf course in Colorado Springs.

Prairie Up: A Book Review

An excellent guide for the urban and suburban gardeners who need a well-designed native garden.

a photo of the Alpine Turf Plant Community

New! Alpine Turf Plant Community

The Alpine Turf Plant Community is the ecological successor to the Alpine Fellfield community and is dominated by sedges and grasses.  Click to to learn more!

CO Gives Day 2022


148 donors contributed $16,573 during the 2022 CO Gives Campaign. These funds will help us continue to offer mission-driven programming all over the state.

Major Sponsors

CoNPS would like to thank our sponsors for the 2022 Annual Conference

photo of High Creek Fen with a creek running through the middle

Clinton Reservoir Expansion

CoNPS comments on the Clinton Reservoir expansion project, which will inundate and destroy some ancient fens.

a photo of yellow lady's slipper

The Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid - Wm Weber

Continuing our republishing of Aquilegia articles, this one is about the Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchid written by William Weber in January 1978.

Regional Job Openings

 Botanical and horticultural job openings in our region.

Some New Photos on the Website

(click on the photo to see a full-sized image)

a photo of a sprawling silverweed plant

Argentina anserina

Silverweed (Argentina anserina) is a native plant which is common along pond and stream margins and in seepage or swampy areas, often in sandy soil from the plains to the montane.

a close up photo of a plains prickly pear cactus flower

Opuntia polyacantha

Plains Pricklypear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha) is a native cactus, found primarily on the plains and semidesert shrublands, but also up into the montane.  Its flowers can be red or yellow and it blooms from June through August.

a photo fo a rocky mountain iris

Iris missouriensis

Rocky Mountain Iris (Iris missouriensis) is a native plant common in moist meadows, along streams, and in aspen forests, scattered across the state. It is found from the plains to the subalpine and blooms in May through August.

a photo of Rocky Mountain sky pilot in alpine tundra

Polemonium viscosum

Sky Pilot (Polemonium viscosum) is a Colorado endemic plant, and in spite of that is is only listed in Colorado as imperiled (S2), and globally as aparently secure (G4).  The reason for such low ratings is because it is found in 10 counties with extensive populations that are well protected.  This photo is by Jim Pisarowicz.

a photo of Marcellina Mountain with aspens in full fall color

Marcellina Mountain

This is a photo of Marcellina Mountain with aspens in full fall color. It is taken by Bill Bowman from the Ruby Range, which is just on the other side of Crested Butte from Keebler Pass. The Ruby Range has nine peaks, relatively close to each other, the highest being Mt. Own at 13, 058′. Marcellina Mountain is a 11,353 peak, and is is located in the Raggeds Wilderness.