The NPSNM currently has eight chapters (including one from Texas) that work to promote the objectives of the organization and educate the local population so they might better understand their regional flora through field trips, lectures, plant sales and seed exchanges. The talents, interests and skills of chapter members greatly influence the activities and programs offered.
In addition to chapter participation The Native Plant Society of New Mexico awards grants and makes donations to individuals and organizations that further the NPSNM Mission Statement:
The Native Plant Society of New Mexico is a non-profit organization that strives to educate the public about native plants by promoting knowledge of plant identification, ecology, and uses; fostering plant conservation and the preservation of natural habitats; supporting botanical research; and encouraging the appropriate use of native plants to conserve water, land, and wildlife.
Types of Projects Considered
The Society will consider funding for any project within or adjacent to New Mexico that contributes to the goals of the Society. For example, successfully funded projects have been awarded for education, research, and conservation projects. Currently we would particularly like to assist in conservation projects.
The Society also has an award for 6-12 science teachers who incorporate teaching about plants/plant science/native plants in effective and inspiring ways. A one-time award of $500 will be granted to the teacher, along with one free teacher copy and one free classroom copy of Jack Carter’s book, Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico.
Requests are reviewed and voted on by the Board of Directors. Individuals and organizations will be notified as to the acceptance or denial of their proposal. If the proposal is unsuccessful, the Society will provide reasons for the denial.
Deadline to apply for grants is December 31st, 2017. Requests for grants or donations must be submitted electronically and will not be accepted after the noted deadline.