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The mission of the Kansas Native Plant Society is to encourage awareness and appreciation of the native plants of Kansas in their habitats and in our landscapes by promoting education, stewardship, and scientific knowledge.
The Kansas Native Plant Society (KNPS) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. It was organized in 1978 as the Kansas Wildflower Society (KWS) to make people more aware of the beauty and value of our state's native wildflowers. In 2004, the "Wildflower" was replaced with "Native Plant" in our name to more accurately reflect the spectrum of plants we study and promote and to put more focus on our indigenous flora.
The Kansas Native Plant Society (KNPS) educates the public about Kansas plants – wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and lesser known groups, including sedges, rushes, liverworts, mosses, and ferns. These plants are encountered in the state’s prairies, woodlands, and wetlands, from the Ozark Plateau in the southeast to the High Plains in the northwest. We focus on our native plants but the introduced plants are also noted.
KNPS sponsored wildflower walks are our most popular venue for sharing knowledge about wildflowers and other plants with the public. People who attend learn plant identification, are made aware of uses of the plants by people and animals, and enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of our native flora – all in the friendly atmosphere of other plant-lovers. See wildflower walks and other plant-related events on our events calendar.