ONPS News & Events
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Upcoming Events and Activities
Dec. 4 - NE Chapter meeting, 6:30 socializing and 7pm program at the Tulsa Garden Center, Tulsa. Program by Brian Fuller of the US Fish and Wildlife Department. He will tell us about the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, in which biologists consult with landowners to help them conserve and improve wildlife habitat.
Dec. 7 - Central Chapter - no meeting
Dec. 15 - Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, 5:30pm casual at Panera Bread, 5601 E 41st St., Tulsa
Jan. 4 - Central Chapter - no meeting
Jan. 19 - Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, 5:30pm casual at Panera Bread, 5601 E 41st St., Tulsa
Feb. 8 - Central Chapter, at Oklahoma City University (OCU) campus. Doors open at 6:30pm for socializing and seed swap (if you’ve got ‘em); presentations begin at 7:00pm. This month Micah Friedman will present his graduate research: Flora of Oklahoma County: Floristic inventory, species lists, and Floristic Quality Assessment.
Feb. 16 - Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, 5:30pm casual at Panera Bread, 5601 E 41st St., Tulsa
Mar. 4 - NE Chapter meeting, 6:30 socializing and 7pm program at the Tulsa Garden Center, Tulsa. Program TBA
Mar. 7 - Central Chapter, at Oklahoma City University (OCU) campus. Doors open at 6:30pm for socializing and seed swap (if you’ve got ‘em); presentations begin at 7:00pm. This month Dr. Sheila Strawn will present her current research on lichens.
Mar. 15 - Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, 5:30pm casual at Panera Bread, 5601 E 41st St., Tulsa
Oklahoma’s amazingly diverse flora has long been of interest to state residents. In 1987, individuals from throughout the state founded the Oklahoma Native Plant Society with the purpose to encourage the study, protection, propagation, appreciation, and use of the state’s native plants. The society’s varied activities (field trips, lectures, workshops, displays, inventories, and roadside plantings) promote an awareness and understanding of some of the state’s most valued treasures.
Botanically, Oklahoma is a remarkable state! Located at the juncture of several physiographic provinces, it is indeed an ecological crossroad. Within its borders are found ~175 families, ~870 genera, and approximately 2,600 species of vascular plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, horsetails, and clubmosses. This flora is a complex assemblage of plants representative of different phytogeographic regions. Species characteristic of the eastern deciduous forest and central grasslands are the most common; however, species from the Rocky Mountains, the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts, the Gulf Coastal Plain, and the Ozark Mountains also occur in the state. Fourteen different vegetation types are traditionally recognized. This tremendous diversity of plant species and communities reflects the considerable variation in the state’s climatic, physiographic, geological, and edaphic features. A plethora of different habitats for plants are present. More information about the flora of our great state can be found at the Flora of Oklahoma Project page.
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Say Hello to our newly elected officers for 2023-2025.
President: Shalini Chitturi
Vice President: Juliette Hulen
Secretary: Debbie Drinko
Treasurer: Mary Korthase
Past-President: Patrick Bell
Historian: Fran Stallings
Directors at Large: Dennis Martin, Constance Murray (2024), Nancy Truelove and Kathy Kuhns-Marino (2025), Joe Roberts and Andrea Schultz-Farriester (2026)
NEW Resource Is Here!!
"Lichen Field Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States" is available now. Released in June 2021. This is a companion book to "Lichen Study Guide for Oklahoma and Surrounding States". You can contact Sheila Strawn at firstname.lastname@example.org for lichen workshops, presentations, or field trips. Sheila is the author. Sarah Hearn is the illustrator. It sells for $30. Both guides can be purchased through the Botanical Research Institute of Texas at shop.brit.org
Central Chapter Meetings (Oklahoma City area)
Typically the 1st Thursday of every month at Oklahoma City University (OCU) campus. Doors open at 6:30pm for socializing and seed swap (if you’ve got ‘em); presentations begin at 7:00pm.
NE Chapter Meetings (Tulsa and NE Oklahoma area)
1st Monday in December, March, May, and 2nd Monday in September. 6:30pm Social and 7:00pm Meeting at the Tulsa Garden Center, Ballroom, 2435 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa
Fabulous Wildflower Fridays
Join the Northeast Chapter for Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, every third Friday of each month at 5:30pm at Panera Bread at 41st Street and Hudson Avenue.
Mycology Chapter (NE to Central Oklahoma area)
Watch for impromptu field trips when the weather is just right.