Alberta Native Plant Council

Plant Study Groups

Plant Study Groups


Central Alberta Plant Study Group (Edmonton)
The ANPC Central Alberta Plant Study Group (CA PSG) meeting season runs from October until April, where regular meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:30 PM MT. The meetings are in-person and are hosted by various speakers on various topics related to plants, with a focus on Alberta and native plants. All are welcome – novice to advanced botanists! The meetings take place in Edmonton at the University of Alberta main campus (Botany Wing, Biological Science Centre, ALTA Herbarium).

To be notified of upcoming events and join the mailing list for the CA PSG please contact Diana Tirlea at Also if you have any questions related to the CA PSG, if you would like to present or host a meeting, or if you would like to RSVP for an upcoming event, once advertised, please email Please note, this is a separate email list from the ANPC main list.

Details of next CA PSG Meeting:
Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

6:30 PM – 9 PM MT
“Native Plants”
Hosted by: Manna Parseyan, owner, Arnica Wildflowers

Manna will be joining us to talk about native plants.

To Attend: Please contact Diana at

Location: 5th and 6th floors, Biological Sciences Building (east end), Botany Wing, Saskatchewan Drive, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Parking/Transit Options: Meter parking along Saskatchewan Drive, bike racks on campus, parking lots on campus and in area, LRT/Bus station on campus
Access: For security reasons, some of the building doors may be locked after 6:00 PM MT. Please look for signs directing you to the nearest unlocked door. If you have any issues entering the building please email
Lecture: 6:30 PM to 7 PM / 7:30 PM, Room B521
Specimen Review: 7 PM / 7:30 PM to 9 PM, Room B613


Peace River Plant Study Group
Regularly scheduled meetings continue year round, with indoor meetings during the winter months, and outdoor plant walks in the summer months.
Location:  NAIT Centre for Boreal Research, 8102 – 99 Avenue, Peace River, AB (beside Northern Lakes College). Parking is free in front of the building.
Date: The first Thursday of the month
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM MT
Recommended Items to bring: Notebook, favourite reference book if you have one (not required) plus your inner plant plant nerd. Your own snacks or beverage if desired.
Drop-ins are welcome!
Facilitator: Melanie Bird – Please contact Melanie ( to attend or for more information.
Download an information poster here.


Southern Alberta Plant Study Group (Calgary)
Calgary Plant Study Group (Calgary PSG) meets from October to March on the first or second Saturday of the month starting at 1 PM. Please join us at the University of Calgary Herbarium for informative presentations, plant study opportunities and open discussions on a range of topics regarding native plants and ecosystems. All are welcome novice to advanced botanists! For more information and to RSVP,  please email and check the ANPC Facebook page for monthly presentation details.

Details of next Calgary PSG Meeting:
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
1 PM to 3 PM MT (doors open at 12:30 PM)
“Alberta Native Plant Rescue”
Hosted by: Blake McNeill, Wildflower advocate, Alberta Native Plant Rescue Volunteer Group

Blake will share the salvage projects his group has undertaken to save native flowers and grasses from roadways and development sites before demolition. Find out more here.

Saturday, January 13th, 2024
1 PM to 3 PM MT (doors open at 12:30 PM)

“Alberta’s Invasive Species”
Hosted by: Brenna Pavan, Terrestrial Invasive Species Technician, Alberta Invasive Species Council

Brenna will will give us an overview of Alberta’s invasive species situation and how you – the citizen scientist – can contribute to keeping ecosystems pest free. Find out more about Alberta’s invasive plants here.

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024
1 PM to 3 PM MT (doors open at 12:30 PM)

“The Ecological Restoration of Grasslands”
Hosted by: Mathis Natvik, Landscape Architect and Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary

Mathis will detail the methodology for converting a cover of invasive smooth brome to native grasses and forbs. A timely topic for spring!. Find out more about Mathis here.

To Attend: For more information and to RSVP, please email Jane, Sandy and Teresa at
Location: U of C Herbarium Room 13, Biological Sciences Building (BI), 507 Campus Drive NW, Calgary.
Parking:  Map to Herbarium
C-Train: Disembark at the University  LRT (C-Train) station.
Access (wheelchair accessible)Please enter by the lower level door on the south side of the building (see attached map) where an ANPC volunteer will be waiting to let you in (or call the Herbarium on 403-220-5262). Follow the signs to the Herbarium.

Food and drink are not allowed in the Herbarium


TBA pending volunteer facilitator recruitment:

Northern Plant and Ecology Study Group (NPESG) 

Fort McMurray Native Plant Study Group

Grande Prairie Plant Study Group 


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