Partner Groups

Wildflower Association of Michigan

WAM is a not-for-profit, member-based organization founded in 1986 and is run by board members who meet on a quarterly basis. We are committed to being a resource for residents in Michigan (homeowners, corporations, land managers, educators, naturalists, and others) who wish to learn more about native plants and their associated habitats. We advocate for and provide education on native plants and native landscaping through our conference, our website and other social media, our grant program, and our newsletter.

We are best known for our annual Michigan Native Plant Conference, which was previously called the Michigan Wildflower Conference. It is a two-day educational seminar that attracts hundreds of people from the Great Lakes area. Speakers include local, regional and national experts on various plant species, native plant communities, current research, invasive species control, environmental concerns, wildlife, native garden designs, and more. We provide inspiration and practical information to residents, land managers, and educators so they can pursue their own projects at home, work, school, or in their own neighborhood.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum


Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum include four properties in different locations operating as one unit within the University of Michigan: the Gardens, Arboretum, Mud Lake Bog, and Horner-McLaughlin Woods.

The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum manages over 700 acres of gardens, research areas, and nature preserves around the Ann Arbor area with a complex of conservatory, greenhouses, laboratory, teaching, and meeting spaces at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the James D. Reader, Jr. Center for Urban Environmental Education at Nichols Arboretum.

Michigan Botanical Club – Huron Valley Chapter

The club was founded in 1941 and consists of five chapters. The focus of the Michigan Botanical Club is:

  • Conservation of all native plants.
  • Education of the public to appreciate and preserve plant life.
  • Sponsorship of research and publication on plant life.
  • Sponsorship of legislation to promote the preservation of Michigan native flora.
  • Establishment of suitable sanctuaries and natural areas.
  • Cooperation in programs concerned with the use and conservation of all-natural resources and scenic features. 

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers Club (A2B2) is dedicated to beekeeping education, mentoring, networking, and advocacy within the Ann Arbor area. We provide an informational and social venue for beekeepers of all levels to cooperate and share experiences. We are a non-profit organization that is open to all individuals interested in honeybees and beekeeping.

Huron Valley Group of the MI Sierra Club

The Huron Valley Group is part of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club, which includes all of Michigan. The Huron Valley Group itself includes most of the Huron River watershed, including Washtenaw, Lenawee, and Monroe counties.

The purpose of this Sierra Club chapter is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment, and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. Since its founding in 1892, the Sierra Club has been our nation’s most effective defender of wilderness and the environment. The Huron Valley Group represents Washtenaw, Lenawee and Monroe counties.

Washtenaw Audubon Society

The Washtenaw Audubon Society is an active chapter of Michigan Audubon formed in the early 1950’s. While our membership is concentrated in Washtenaw County, we have many members in surrounding counties in southeast Michigan.

Our mission is to promote the conservation of wildlife and natural beauty in all possible ways, with a particular focus on birds; to cooperate with other organizations whose aims correspond to those of this corporation; and to develop and maintain a conservation program for the youth and adults of the community.

Washtenaw County Conservation District

Assisting residents with the conservation, management and wise use of natural resources in Washtenaw County since 1948.

City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation

Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic within the community. This involves conducting plant and animal inventories, ecological monitoring, and stewardship projects in Ann Arbor parks. These tasks are performed by both staff and volunteers.

Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program

Washtenaw County’s Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP) purchases unique natural areas to ensure their preservation for the benefit of all County residents, plants, animals and people! The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission manages the program, identifying and caring for lands with special ecological, recreational, and educational benefits. The NAPP nature preserves are open to the public from dawn until dusk daily.

Washtenaw County Rain Gardens Program

Washtenaw County’s Rain Garden Program began in 2005 with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant funding. We worked with homeowners to plan, design, and install rain gardens. Since then, homeowners have learned how to install rain gardens through our Rain Garden Assistance visits and the Master Rain Gardener program. Today, the program continues to assist homeowners in creating and installing rain gardens on their property.

Now the tally is over 1,000 gardens!