Welcome to the Otero (Alamogordo) Chapter

Covid-19 Status for NPSNM:

Stay informed as to current state restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19 infections. While in-person Native Plant Society chapter meetings are not yet planned, some chapters may conduct field trips with the number of participants limited according to health department guidelines. These include personal distancing of at least 6 feet apart while outdoors, and wearing masks if any closer such as during plant observation. Carpooling should be limited to members of the same household.

The 2021 State Conference in Alamogordo is scheduled for August 20-22 (board meeting on the 19th). Thank you to all those who have helped organize this event! Please visit our 2021 Conference Page for more information and updates regarding COVID-19.

Virtual chapter meetings with interesting presentations have been and are being conducted via the Zoom app. Visit particular chapter pages for details.

Otero Chapter Student Grant Information


The Otero Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico is offering up to $5000 in grants for the 2022 field season. The grant(s) may be awarded to one person or split among several applicants. Grant applications will be considered from New Mexico State University & New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology upper-level undergraduates and graduate students with career interests in botany, ecology, conservation biology or land management. The project focus must be on plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion. Additional points will be awarded for field projects occurring within the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico. Funds are meant to assist with the implementation of the research/study project outlined in the grant proposal.

Deadline for submission of application packet: Midnight, Sunday, April 24, 2022

Chapter Officers

President: Jen Gruger

Vice President: Elva Osterreich

Treasurer: Esther Fyock

Recording Secretary: LeAnne Roberts

Membership Secretary: Helgi Osterreich

State Representative: Helgi Osterreich

For field trip information, contact Elva Osterreich, echoofthedesert [at] gmail.com, 575/443-4408; or Jennifer Gruger, jengruger [at] gmail.com, 505/710-2924. More info will be available by the beginning of each month.

Banner Photo by Randal Pair