Your Native Plant Society in the Finger Lakes

We are an organization located in central New York, founded in 1997, dedicated to promoting the appreciation of our native flora. We hold free public field trips throughout the year and free indoor programs during the colder months. Members receive our newsletter, Solidago, and participate in a seed exchange, a spring native plant sale, and a December celebration of native plants. 

Registration is open for the Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium. The full schedule, speakers' bios, registration, etc. can be found by clicking on the event notice to the right.

What can you share on Members Night? Please click on the program to the right for suggestions and deadlines. 

Rick Lightbody David Werier describing a local moss at the Solstice gathering

Betsy Darlington Discussing the flora at Hoxie Gorge

Andy Buss (slightly cropped to fit) Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve

Norm Trigoboff Getting a close look at moss on a winter walk

Ken Hull Slowly sinking at Jam Pond June 2015

Paul S. Schmitt Autumn Oaks

Preservation of Native Plants for Future Generations

FLNPS is primarily an educational organization, with programs for experts and those who have just discovered native flora. We organize talks, walks and other activities related to conservation of native plants and their habitats. We also organize education and activities on threats to our native flora, including invasive plants and insects and their control.

Learn more about invasive plants.

Gardening with Native Plants

FLNPS is not a native gardening organization, but encourages the use of ethically propagated native plants in private and public gardens. Many members are gardeners, who collect seeds and spores from private lands and propagate seedlings for our annual spring sale. Please explore our list of Finger Lakes natives suitable for gardens, plus a short list of non-native garden plants you should avoid.

Explore our list of garden-worthy native plants | Advanced Search by Plant Characteristics

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What's Happening?


Members Night

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm


Earthworms, Deer, and Understory Plants

Talk • Wednesday7:00pm

Non-FLNPS Events