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.


April 20 Zoom meeting. A recording of the meeting is available on YouTube. Or watch:

The May meeting was not recorded, at the request of the speaker. September 2020 through March 2021 Zoom meetings - A recording of the meeting is available by looking under the Activities & Events tab and clicking Past Events with Reports. The recording is embedded in the meeting announcement along with a YouTube link if you prefer to go direct. 

F. Robert Wesley Sarracenia purpurea in sphagnum bog

Betsy Darlington Discussing the flora at Hoxie Gorge

F. Robert Wesley Spring Beauty with Trout-Lilies

Ken Hull Slowly sinking at Jam Pond June 2015

Paul S Schmitt Fall Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Joe O'Rourke Learning Tree ID in Fischer Old Growth Forest

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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The Moths of the Finger Lakes