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 are meeting in person this season and have revised our Protocols and Guidelines. Please read them here. COVID Safety Related Protocols are required for all FLNPS Walks & Rambles and are listed in the walk announcement. Click here for map of our meeting location.

The February 2023 FLNPS meeting was recorded and can be viewed below or in YouTube by clicking here 

Recordings of September 2020 through January 2023 Zoom & hybrid meetings are available by clicking here for a list of past events. (The September & December 2022 meetings were not recorded.) The recordings are embedded in the meeting announcement along with a YouTube link if you prefer to go direct.


Steven Daniel Elymus riparius in winter, Ontario Co. NY

Steven Daniel Fruit of Hamamelis virginiana at Powder Mill Park, Monroe Co. NY

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

Steven Daniel Corylus americana fruit, taken in Powder Mills Park, Monroe Co, NY

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

Steven Daniel Apocynum cannabinum seed capsules in Monroe Co NY

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 can safely include or should avoid.

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

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What's Happening?


Violets of the Finger Lakes

Talk • Tuesday7:00pm


Moss walk

Walk • Saturday1:00pm


Non-FLNPS Events


Wild Edibles