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

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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.

Call for

APPLICATIONS riwps annual grantGrant is for up to $2,500!

Deadline: 02/29/2020

NOMINATIONS

RIWPS Volunteer Awards

We are seeking your nominations of those members who have made significant contributions to the RIWPS and the cause of native plants. To submit a nomination, please contact Mary Lou Upham. Past recipients are listed on our website.

Upcoming Events

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Recent RIWPS News

RIWPS January Potluck Social

On January 11, 2020 RIWPS celebrated GO WILD, an afternoon social potluck, held at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence. 

60 PARTICIPATE IN LAST BOTANIZING WALK OF THE SEASON

Thursday November 7 marked the last walk in our 2019 series First Thursday Botanizing Walks. This series, which is free and open to the public explores a wide variety of natural landscape in Rhode Island.

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.