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.

We hope to be able to meet in person later in the season. COVID Safety Related Protocols are required for all FLNPS Walks & Rambles and are listed in the walk announcement.

The January 2022 FLNPS Solstice meeting was recorded and can be viewed below or in YouTube at:


Recordings of September 2020 through December 2021 Zoom meetings are available by looking under the Activities & Events tab and clicking Past Events with Reports. The recordings are embedded in the meeting announcement along with a YouTube link if you prefer to go direct.

F. Robert Wesley Dodder Vine

Rick Lightbody Cooperation on winter plant ID at the Solstice meeting.

Paul S. Schmitt Autumn Oaks

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

Paul S Schmitt Fall Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Ken Hull Slowly sinking at Jam Pond June 2015

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.

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What's Happening?


The Wild Plants of New York State (reprise)

Talk • Tuesday7:00pm


Native Grasses

Talk • Tuesday7:00pm


Native American Food Ways

Walk • Tuesday7:00pm


Limestone Pavement Barrens

Talk • Tuesday7:00pm

Non-FLNPS Events