Welcome to Koma Kulshan WNPS

Vanilla Leaf

Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla)

The Koma Kulshan chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society invites you to join us as we explore the diversity of plants that live in our corner of the Pacific Northwest. From tidewater to the summit of lofty Mt. Baker, we have many habitats and microclimates that support diverse species — some common and some so rare you’re unlikely to find them without a guide.

Our home territory is Whatcom County, but our chapter meetings and field trips often take us farther afield.

If you have any interest in the plants that grow all around us, please join us. Our meetings and field trips are free and generally open to the public (with very few exceptions). Of course, if you come along a couple of times and find us friendly and the subject interesting we hope you’ll join. Get membership and online payment details on the Washington Native Plant Society state website. Be sure to choose Koma Kulshan as your chapter.

Spring Native Plant Sale

For many years the Koma Kulshan chapter has held a native plant sale on the Fairhaven Village Green in conjunction with Bellingham Parks and Recreation’s Flora Fair. This year, we’re doing something different. Our plant sale is online, with pickup by appointment at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) headquarters at 3057 East Bakerview Road, Bellingham, WA 98226 on Saturday, May 1.

Orders can be placed at Koma Kulshan Plant Sale through Monday April 26th. Supplies are limited so order early if you can!

Take a Virtual Walk in the Chuckanuts

Spending time outside, by yourself or with small groups, is a good way to help maintain your health and sanity during these chaotic and confusing times. Spring is here and our native flora are blooming. Our chapter field trips are back, with limits on the number of people, no carpooling, social distancing, and other covid-safe precautions in place.

Looking for lists of plants to help you identify what you see along the trail? Grab a plant list from the state WNPS website and make your own trip. There are lots of places to explore for native flora here in Whatcom County.

Chapter E-mail Announcement list

Our chapter has a low-traffic groups.io e-mail list for reminders about upcoming meetings and field trips. To subscribe, send a blank email to wnps-koma+subscribe@groups.io. You’ll be sent a confirmation email from the group. Reply to the confirmation email to activate your subscription. You can always unsubscribe if you find it is not what you want. Or, send list manager Mark Turner an e-mail requesting to join the group.