Welcome to the Albuquerque Chapter
Our monthly, educational meetings are currently in person and have returned to the UNM Continuing Education building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. That is across from the red, Vitalant Blood Center, just north of Indian School, south of I-40.
The presentations are free, open to the public, and there is plenty of parking. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month (except August and December), open at 6:45 for socializing, book browsing and seat-finding. The scheduled program begins at around 7:00. Questions about meetings or the speakers can be sent to our program coordinator, Sara Keeney, at abq "at" npsnm.org.
From April through October, we offer a wide variety of field trips, suitable for a range physical ability levels and degrees of plant knowledge. You do not need any botanical expertise to participate, as the trip leaders and others are very happy to share what they know. Learn by observing native plants in their wild habitats! To participate in our outdoor activities, please read our rules for field trips and sign our liability release form beforehand. Download them from this page: Field Trip Documents
We encourage members to get outside with friends for exercise, sunshine, and native plant appreciation. Our plant lists, available on this page, give hints as to places to go and wildflowers and other plants you may find. Please minimize wear and tear on the terrain and vegetation by staying on the trail and going single file if it is narrow.
If you have a favorite place with interesting plants, feel free to propose a field trip or offer to lead one.
Share your pictures! We invite you to join our members-only Facebook group: Native Plant Soc. of NM, Albuquerque Chapter and post your observations or your invitations to informal hikes in advance for others to join you.
Upcoming Events in Albuquerque — click an event to see more info.
- 06 Mar, 24
- 25 Jul, 24
- President: Tom Stewart
- Vice President: Carmen Alexander
- Program Coordinator: Sara Keeney
- Secretary: Dara Saville
- Treasurer: Dan Benton
- Representative to State Board: Dana Loy
- Membership: Ann-Marie Yaroslaski
- Newsletter Editor: Diane Stevenson
- Field Trip Coordinator: Sharon Miles
- Conservation Issues Coordinator: Pam McBride
- Books: Lee Regan
- Communications: Carmen Alexander
- Publicity: Needing a volunteer
- Outreach Coordinator: Carol Conoboy
Flower Identification Tools
Wildflowers of New Mexico (George Miller)
Southwest Environmental Information Network -- SEINet (best searched using Google with a known plant name, and adding "SEINET" in the search)
Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness (Russ Kleinman)
New Mexico Flora Patrick Alexander's Photo Index
Albuquerque Area Plant Lists
Here are plants you might enjoy seeing on walks in our region, some within Albuquerque city limits. Of course, not all plants will be noticeable or in flower at any given time, depending on season and rainfall.
- Las Conchas, Jemez Falls Lenore Goodell
- Timber Ridge, Magdalena Mountains George Miller
- Oxbow Sandbar on the Rio Grande Lenore Goodell
- Quarai National Monument, NPS Pam McBride and Judith Phillips
- Three Gun Spring Trail, Cibola National Forest by Jim McGrath, includes directions to the trailhead.
- Sandia Crest Flowering Plants, April - June George Miller
- Sandia Crest Flowering Plants, July - September George Miller
- Tecolote Trail Plant List Pam McBride
- Narrows Rim Trail checklist in El Malpais, Pam McBride
- Hamilton Mesa - Pecos Wilderness George Miller
- Petroglyph National Monument - Rinconada Canyon by Lenore Goodell
- North Diversion Channel Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail (paved) urban wildflowers
- Checklist of the Vascular Plants in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains of Central New Mexico by Robert Sivinski
- Checklist of the Flora of the San Gregorio Lakes by Don Heinze and Dana Price
- Gutierrez-Milne Open Space, Arroyo San Antonio flowering plants by Kent Condie
- Checklist of the Flora of the Placitas Open Space by Bill Dunmire
- Partial Checklist of Las Huertas Canyon courtesy UNM Herbarium
- Partial Checklist of the West Mesa Puerco Breaks courtesy UNM Herbarium
- Partial checklist of the flora of the Rio Grande Bosque courtesy UNM Herbarium