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Welcome to NANPS: committed to preserving native plant habitat in wild areas and restoring indigenous flora to developed areas.

  • Excursion To Alderville Black Oak Savanna
    (Photograph: Charles Iscove)

  • Excursion to Long Point
    (Photograph: Charles Iscove)

  • Moth on Monarda
    (Photograph: Ruth Zaugg)

  • American Goldfinch on Agastache
    (Photograph: Paul LaPorte)

  • Highbush Cranberry: Favourite Wildflowers and Shrubs

Blazing Star

Blazing Star

Quarterly magazine about native plants, published by NANPS.
Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips

If you plant it they will come!
Native Plants to Know

Native Plants to Know

These plants have been featured in NANPS newsletter.
Conservation News

Conservation News

Preserving wild lands is an important function of environmental organizations, such as ours.

Annual Plant Sale

NANPS Plant Sale

The Plant Sale Committee regretfully has made a decision to cancel our 2020 annual native plant sale on May 2. More info here

Become a Member

Become a Member

There are a variety of benefits to being a member. Learn More…

Donate to NANPS

Donate to NANPS

Like many charities, NANPS depends on the generosity of its supporters. Learn More…

Upcoming Events

At the moment there are no upcoming events. Please visit this section again soon, as there is usually something germinating.


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Webinar: The Wild and Wonderful World of Butterflies: The video of our February 25, 2021 webinar with Jessica Linton is now available to watch here

Seeedex is now open to the general public. Details can be found here

Webinar: Native Plant Gardening on Your Balcony: The video of our May 31, 2020 webinar with Ryan Godfrey is here

The Wild and Wonderful World of Bees: The video of our March 4, 2020 talk by Laurence Packer is here.

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Our History

NANPS was founded in 1985 by a small group of dedicated conservationists as the Canadian Wildflower Society. As our American membership grew and acknowledging that plants don’t recognize political boundaries, we changed our name to the North American Native Plant Society in 1999. In 1985 we founded North America’s foremost native plant magazine: Wildflower. The original magazine ceased publication in 2005, but it’s name lives on under the editorship.


NANPS currently owns two conservation properties: Shining Tree Woods in the Carolinian zone of southern Ontario and Zinkan Cove on the west shore of the Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron. Both properties offer unique gifts and distinct challenges. Maintaining conservation lands is a prodigious responsibility but the rewards are equally great. While relatively small, NANPS properties are home to a number of rare flora and fauna and we are justifiably proud of our efforts to protect them.

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