Information and Contacts
Utah Native Plant Society

About us
The Utah Native Plant Society was formed in late 1978 specifically out of a growing concern for imperiled rare plant species. Some of those original ideals and concerns were expressed in Goals and Objectives of the Utah Native Plant Society presented by Stanley Welsh, one of the co-founders of the organization, in September of 1978. (Co-founder and long time former board member Dick Hildreth was honored by us with a lifetime service and achievement award in March, 2005, see UNPS recognizes co-founder Dick Hildreth. See also UNPS recognizes Duane Atwood with Lifetime Achievement Award in March, 2008).

At is core UNPS is a conservation and educational organization with programs and committees focused around the protection of Utah rare native plants, Utah native plant conservation including anything that threatens the well-being of Utah native plant species and communities (not the least of which relates to invasive species), the use of Utah native plants for landscaping and restoration and research relating to Utah native plant species.

UNPS is a non-profit organization. See our Articles of Incorporation which outlines our organizational structure. UNPS is a qualifed 501(c)(3) organization with the original IRS determination letter having been issued in April of 1984. The organization's exempt status was confirmed by the IRS in April of 2001. UNPS is also exempt from Utah sales tax as a qualified charitable organization.

The year 2003 marked our 25th year as the primary Utah native plant advocate within the state of Utah. Many of our rare plants face unprecedented threats, particularly in Washington County and in the Uinta Basin. Weather patterns in recent years are evidence of the critical need to use native plant species in our landscapes, something that we have always advocated.



Phacelia linearis Tony Frates 6/08/08




Astragalus utahensis Tony Frates 4/30/08


Balsamorhiza sagittata Tony Frates 4/30/08


Why join?
Membership benefits include:
  • Sego Lily newsletter (published 6 times per year)
  • Discounts on products (see Store page, for example posters, CD's)
  • Discounts at UNPS co-sponsored lectures, activities (e.g. prop shops)
  • State field trips
  • Annual meeting (usually a lecture/dinner)
  • Chapter membership included (Chapters have meetings/lectures, go on field trips, etc.)
  • Members are encouraged to join the UNPS e-mail list to receive announcements and to learn about and discuss upcoming events, news items, horticulture, conservation, and other topics concerning native plants. Visit https://sympa.usu.edu/wws/info/unps to subscribe to the list, to modify your subscription, or to view the list archives.
  • Receive a $4/month discount from Xmission for Internet service (once you are a member, send us an e-mail to find out how to receive this benefit).
  • Support our programs and goals (grants-in-aid, heritage gardens, rare plant guide, newsletter/publications, conservation, invasive species, education)


Gambel oak Tony Frates 5/03


Join us
To join UNPS, click on our Store page where you can sign-up immediately and pay securely by credit card. Or, print a membership application:
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and mail to us with a check.

E-mail address:unps@unps.org

Mailing Address:
Utah Native Plant Society
P. O. Box 520041
Salt Lake City UT 84152-0041

Phone contact:
Provo/Utah County:
Celeste Kennard
801-377-5918

Anyone can join our e-mail list to receive announcements and to learn about and discuss upcoming events, news items, horticulture, conservation, and other topics concerning native plants. Membership is NOT required. Visit https://sympa.usu.edu/wws/info/unps to subscribe to the list, to modify your subscription, or to view the list archives. List postings should be sent to unps@lists.usu.edu. Or, connect with us on Facebook.



Echinocereus engelmanii purple torch hedgeog Tony Frates 5/01/05