Preserve & Protect Rhode Island’s Native Plants & Their Habitats

rose pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides), DMcGrady

Our Native Plants

  • We provide opportunities to study and enjoy them.
  • We encourage and offer guidance in their cultivation and use.
  • We educate the public on their ecological and aesthetic values.
  • We support land preservation and practices fostering their natural communities.

Sightings

Let’s get outside and look for the signs of spring together.  Together?

Together through iNaturalist. We have created a project on the app RI Signs of Spring where we can share our photos.  It will be fun to see plants as they come into bloom/bud across the state. The project runs from February 1 though June 20.


Doug McGrady, a RIWPS walk leader, is passionate about exploring plant communities in and close to RI. He also tracks rare and endangered plants for the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) Corps . Click image.

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Recent RIWPS News

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Annual Grant Recipients

RIWPS is pleased to be able to support a number of projects related to native plants through our Annual Grants.  We thank our members and other donors who make these grants possible.

RIWPS volunteer awards go to ……

The 2021 RIWPS volunteer awards were announced at the March 13, 2021 Annual Meeting. Well deserved congratulations to ....

2021 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

Resources

Find online resources and printed references from organizations that steward native plants, including the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, New England Wild Flower Society,  University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and, of course, RIWPS .

Grow

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) has seed starter groups in Exeter, RI (Seed Starters West) and Portsmouth, RI (Seed Starters East). Seed starters cultivate most of the plants at RIWPS plant sales.

Both groups would welcome more members. Dig in the dirt in non-gardening seasons and enjoy constantly learning about native plants! Don’t worry about the drive; many members car pool.

Explore

People of all botanical abilities are welcome at RIWPS events — beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some RIWPS programs, especially the walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, however; so register early.