NANPS is a volunteer-operated, registered charitable organization dedicated to the protection, preservation, cultivation and promotion of flora indigenous to North America in both urban and wild areas.
The society was founded in 1985 by a small group of dedicated conservationists as the Canadian Wildflower Society. NANPS is based out of the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) with membership that draws from across Canada and the USA. To reflect the wider membership base and to acknowledge that plants don’t recognize political boundaries, the society changed its name to the North American Native Plant Society in 1999. In 1985 we founded North America’s foremost native plant magazine: Wildflower. NANPS later replaced Wildflower with a 16-page quarterly, The Blazing Star, in 2004. The Wildflower name lives on as the magazine for members of Texas’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Our mission is to highlight the importance of native plants and actively promote their use throughout local communities, contributing to the broader goal of restoring healthy ecosystems across the continent.
It is our belief that nature belongs in urban, suburban, and rural areas as much as in remote areas.
To that end, we: