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President-Doug Ripley, email

Vice President-Jerome Ward, email

Secretary-Deanna Sanner, email

Treasurer- Pat Sullivan, email

We have monthly programs on the 3rd Thursday of each month from September through May at 5:00 p.m. in the Cochise County Community Development Office conference room, 4001 Foothills Dr. (corner of Highway 92 and Foothills), Sierra Vista. The Chapter has established a Facebook website where much useful information about the chapter and its members is posted.
Join Our Chapter E-list:  If you would like to receive reminders and announcements about field trips and meetings via e-mail, send a note to Doug Ripley to be added to the list.


Late Summer in the Chiricahuas

September 5, 6, and 7, 2014

Southwestern Research Station

The Cochise and Tucson chapters of the Arizona Native Plant Society are in their third year of co-sponsoring a weekend in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Cochise County.  These richly diverse mountains are one the northern-most islands in the Madrean Archipelago that encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico , Sonora, and Chihuahua. Come enjoy this weekend with us. Whatever the weather, there will be botanical treats and great company.

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1: Arrive mid to late afternoon, check in, eat and head for the education center for some plant talks and discussion.

Day 2: An all-day field trip to a location to be determined. Or alternatively, stay nearer SWRS and attend one or both of two shorter field trips.

Day 3: A morning field trip, lunch and then depart.

Registration is required. Download the registration form here. Payment is due August 5, 2014. If you have further questions, contact Doug Ripley by email or phone: 520-909-3132.

Read about previous Chiricahua Field Trips below.


The Cochise Chapter will not be holding our monthly meetings from June to August during our summer break. Our first meeting in the fall will be on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Upcoming Field Trips

At this time, one chapter-sponsored field trip is planned. We hope to schedule additional trips, which will be announced via our e-mail list and on our Facebook page.

Saturday, August 9, 2014: Dragoon Mountains, Cochise County

Meeting time: 9:00 a.m. Meeting location: Holy Trinity Monastery, Saint David, AZ

To sign up, call Doug Ripley: 520-909-3132.

Volunteer Opportunities  

Wildflower/Butterfly Garden

The chapter-sponsored wildflower/ butterfly garden at the Sierra Vista Library survived the winter in good shape, and some additional plants were added this spring. The goals of this project are to build a display garden that exemplifies Sierra Vista’s emblem of the hummingbird and echoes our surrounding natural environment and connection to the San Pedro watershed. During the summer months, we hope to add additional plants and erect a display board or kiosk that will explain the purpose of the garden, describe the advantages of developing a native plant garden, and provide information about the Arizona Native Plant Society. If you would like to donate a little of your time to expanding and maintaining the garden, please contact Doug Ripley: 520-909-3132,

The Cochise County Herbarium is a fully functioning herbarium with mounted plant specimens, mostly from AZ and NM with a few from Sonora, CA and UT. The Sky Islands and San Pedro River contribute to the unique habitats found in Cochise County and the CCH is a repository for plant species from these areas, reflecting the variation and diversity present in Cochise County and surrounding areas. The herbarium is a great resource for online identification. The volunteer staff can always use help with identification and mounting the thousands of specimens that have not been catalogued. Please contact Cecile Lumer at the herbarium by email or call 520-458-8278 ext. 2172. or  520-432-4294.


Plant Atlas Project of Arizona (PAPAZ) Update

On Saturday, August 10, 2013, twenty-two “Budding Botanists” participated in PAPAZ training at the University of Arizona Herbarium on the UA campus in Tucson. Sponsored jointly by the Tucson and Cochise Chapters, this training provided a general orientation to basic botany, including history, terminology, nomenclature, taxonomy and systematics, classification, evolution, Arizona biodiversity, and an introduction to the morphology of several of the largest flowering plant families found in Arizona. The course concluded with a discussion and demonstration of plant preservation practices and herbarium management procedures.
On the following day, participants traveled to one of two new PAPAZ study sites: in the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise County and Bear Canyon in Pima County. There the participants were introduced to field collecting procedures and began making collections in support of the ongoing floristic study of those areas. This effort was the first of its kind to be conducted in Southern Arizona and complements a number of other very successful PAPAZ programs that have been underway for several years in Northern and Central Arizona.
We anticipate a follow-up PAPAZ course will be conducted before the end of the year in Southern Arizona. There is also a new study site in Santa Cruz County. Stay tuned if you would like to participate in this interesting program through which you can make an important contribution to the understanding of the Arizona flora and have a lot of fun.
To learn more, visit or contact Ries Lindley by email or phone at 520-882-6202.


August 22-24, 2013: Chiricahua Workshop-Southwestern Research Station
This year’s August field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains yielded over 200 species to 21 participants, who hailed from four different chapters. The bloom was richest in the high altitudes, but field trip diversity included plants from the high Chihuahuan desert to the montane forest at the top of the mountain range. Explorers spent an entire morning just ferreting out plants of the Paradise cemetery. Generous assistance was provided by area residents P.D. Hulce, leading the trip to his private paradise in the mouth of Horseshoe Canyon, and by Dave Jasper who lead the trip on the gorgeous upper trail at Rustler’s Park. Elaine Moisan led a great trip to the Paradise Cemetery on that sunny and wonderful last day. The Southwestern Research Station provided great accommodations, delicious food, a lovely picnic area for wine sipping and a lab for the plant ID workshop.
For the list of species seen, click here. Sue Carnahan's photo collection is here. Ries's photo album is here.
A group picture taken from the Crest Trail above Rustler's Park.
     Blue grama                             Bisbee beehive cactus              Cardinal catchfly
August 31-Sept 2, 2012 Botany Trip/Workshop in the Chiricauhuas
The Tucson and Cochise Chapters sponsored a three-day field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains over Labor Day Weekend.  The event, which we hope will re-establish an AZNPS tradition of holding an annual extended field trip to the Chiricahua Mountains, was held at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal. The group explored the Ash Spring Trail and Barfoot Park. Native plant presentations were held in the evening. For a more detailed report of the trip, click here. For a photo report, click here.
Barfoot Park in the Chiricahua Mountains
Cochise Past Events/Activities
Members of the Cochise and Tucson Chapters participated in a trip to the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society in Santa Cruz County on October 13, 2011.  At the Ranch Dr. Linda Kennedy conducted a grass identification workshop followed by a field trip on the Ranch to observe many of the native grasses identified in the class.
Dr. Linda Kennedy, Director of the        Members of the Appleton-Whittell grass               workshop
Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch,
National Audubon Society, conducting
a native grass identification workshop