Exploring & Growing Natives

butterfly milkweed, GGardner

All Programs/Events

We welcome people of all botanical abilities at our events, beginners or experts, amateurs or professionals… We all come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some of our programs, especially our walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, so we encourage you to register early.

riwps fall picnic

Event/program updates

Our highest priority is the health of our members, volunteers and those who attend our events.  Thus, we have suspended (albeit with much disappointment) the great lineup of our planned programs and events. We are looking for alternative approaches for some of these events/programs as well as new ways that our volunteer community can encourage appreciating, studying and learning about native plants while keeping appropriate social distancing.

Our Walks & Workshops Committee is looking to channel your encounters, observations and comments related to native plants — whether in your own landscape or in the trail — to the RIWPS blog.  RIWPS members are encouraged to submit short pieces. The blog is great way to sustain ourselves and support one another. You don’t have to be a member to subscribe to the blog. All blog details.

One of our scheduled August programs was a lecture, Nature’s Best Hope, by Doug Tallamy.  He has filmed a recent version of this talk and generously shared it with us. Details and watch.

The Walks & Workshop Committee is looking for one or more volunteers with videography skills. We have fledging ideas for online programs /experiences but videography is not in our skill set. Contact office@riwps.org


Being in nature can be both physically and mentally restorative.  We hope you will find yourself in the outdoors, and on the trails.  Check out our self guided walks. or  Partner Page for links to organizations with conservation lands.  Some however are not open at this time.