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.


Introductory Native Plant Walks

Join our fun, informal walks and get familiar with plants native to Whatcom County. Sponsored by the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), these introductory plant identification walks feature an easy pace and will each last about two hours. Details are on the Introductory Native Plant Walks page.


Native Plant Garden Tour

Saturday, June 4, 2022 10 AM to 4 PM

Six unique and beautiful private (and one public) Whatcom gardens will open to the public, each owned and cultivated by amateur botanists and native plant enthusiasts, all WNPS Koma Kulshan chapter members. Distinctive among gardens, these will all showcase the beauty and practical advantages of plants that grow natively in the Pacific Northwest.

All the details are on the Native Plant Garden Tour page.


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.