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         Monday, October 8, 2018 (Olympia)  7PM
Lynda Mapes: Restoration and the Elwha Dam

Lynda V. Mapes is the environmental reporter for the Seattle Times and an observer of the natural world.

She is the author of four books:
Washington: The Spirit of the Land (with photographers Terry Donnelly and Mary Liz Austin); Elwha: A River Reborn (with photographer Steve Ringman); Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-whit-zen Village; and her newest book Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak. She researched and wrote Witness Tree while a Knight Fellow in science journalism at MIT and a Bullard Fellow in forest research in residence with her oak at the Harvard Forest.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (Tacoma)  7PM
Sarah Low: Tacoma’s Tree Canopy Program

With the threat of global warming and the need to capture carbon, tree canopies have new interest and importance. Join us to learn about Tacoma’s Tree Canopy Program from Sarah Low, Tacoma’s Tree Canopy Program Manager.

Monday, November 12, 2018 (Olympia)  7PM
Nelson Salisbury: Restoration for Pollinators

Whether it is native plants or food crops, the loss of pollinators poses a profound threat. Come and hear about some of the work being done to address this problem. Nelson Salisbury is co-author of the new Earth-Corps publication, The Native Pollinator Habitat Restoration Guide. We will have copies available for purchase.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (Tacoma)  7PM
Jack Nesbit:

From Spokane to Mount Stuart: John Leiberg on the Columbia Plateau

In the spring of 1893, north Idaho prospector and moss enthusiast John Leiberg joined a US Department of Agriculture plant survey tasked with determining the botanical limits of the Great Columbia Plain. This slide presentation, drawn from Leiberg’s unpublished journal, plant list, and correspondence, will show how the expedition accomplished that and a whole lot more.

Jack Nisbet, a Spokane-based teacher and naturalist, is the author of several collections of stories that explore the human and natural history of the Northwest, including Ancient Places and Visible Bones. He has also written award-winning biographies of fur agent David Thompson and plant collector David Douglas.  Jack’s latest book, The Dreamer and the Doctor, traces the unlikely adventures of John and Carrie Leiberg around the Northwest and beyond.     Jack is an excellent and engaging presenter, you’re sure to enjoy.   For more information visit


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (Olympia -joint meeting with Tacoma)  7PM

This year we are trying something new, a joint meeting at the Coach House for the holiday gathering, Note: the change from the normal date. The meeting will feature presentations by members of their activities, door prizes, and potluck of sharing favorite snacks or deserts. No Tacoma meeting in December.

January 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (Tacoma)  7PM
Member presentations

This meeting will feature presentations of more member activities.

Monday, January 14, 2019  (Olympia)  7PM

To be announced




Meeting Locations:

Washington State Capitol Museum Coach House
211 21st Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501

Directions to the Washington State Capital Museum: From Interstate 5 in Olympia, take Exit 105, following the "State Capital/City Center" route. Go through a tunnel, (get in the left hand lane) and turn left on Capital Way. Follow the brown and white "State Capital Museum" signs to 21st Avenue. Turn right on 21st Avenue and proceed two blocks. The museum is on the left in a stucco mansion.  We meet in the carriage house in back of the mansion.

Tacoma Nature Center
1919 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA  98405

Directions to the Tacoma Nature Center: From Interstate 5, take State Highway 16 towards Gig Harbor. Look for the 19th Street EAST, exit and take it, which puts you onto South 19th Street. Travel to the first light, turn right on South Tyler, and then left into the first driveway at the Tacoma Nature Center.

General Meeting Information

South Sound Chapter presentations are held on the
second Monday and Wednesday of the month (October through May, in Olympia and Tacoma, respectively):

  • In Olympia, we typically gather at the Washington State Capitol Museum (211 21st Avenue SW; 360-753-2580).
  • In Tacoma, we typically gather at the Tacoma Nature Center (1919 South Tyler; 253-591-6439).
  • On occasion, however, our presentations are held at alternate facilities to accommodate larger audiences, so please be sure to note where each  meeting is held before you embark.

All meetings are open to the public and most are free of charge. Refreshments are typically provided by WNPS volunteers. We hope you'll join us for an evening of camaraderie and education about the world of native plants as well as the habitats that they create and sustain.

Outside of field trips and holiday gatherings, most meetings start at 7:00 pm. These "meetings" consist of a quick preview of activity announcements, but are mostly grounded in presentations that last 45 minutes to over an hour. Our topics are geared to attract and speak to neophytes and amateurs, as well as "dyed-in-the-wool" or otherwise committed botanists. We may be biased, but we think our presentations are top of the line!  

Members and the public are invited to attend all presentations.  For more information about our programs, please contact the Chapter Chair.

We hope to see all of you at the meetings!!!