The Illinois Native Plant Society focuses on promoting the study and appreciation of Illinois’ natural vegetation and providing educational resources for all those that wish to learn or share in our enthusiasm.

The purposes of the Illinois Native Plant Society are: 1) to promote the study, appreciation, and conservation of the native flora and natural communities of Illinois; 2) to provide education to the general public as to the value of the native flora and its habitat; and 3) to produce publications that provide an outlet for such information, including but not limited to, the peer-reviewed journal of the INPS (Erigenia) and the quarterly newsletter (The Harbinger).

The Illinois Native Plant Society was organized as the Southern Illinois Native Plant Society by Dr. Robert Mohlenbrock at Southern Illinois University in 1982. In 1986 it expanded to become the statewide organization we know today. The Society is a 501(c)(c) nonprofit and currently consists of approximately 500 members that participate at two levels, state and chapter. There are currently 7 active chapters of INPS located across the state. Members include professionals and amateurs who share an interest in all aspects of the flora native to the state of Illinois. To view the complete INPS by-laws in pdf format, click here.

Society and chapter and activities include field trips, lectures, slide shows, and workshops. Please refer to the Chapter info page to contact your local INPS chapter and learn about activities in your area.

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President: Paul Marcum
Paul Marcum, a representative from the Forest Glen Chapter, has served on the INPS state board since 2008. He is a life member and currently President-Elect of INPS. Professionally, Paul is the Assistant Project Leader for Botany with the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) Wetland Science Program. In this capacity he co-coordinates activities within the group and conducts environmental surveys for potential Illinois Department of Transportation projects. Paul has been fortunate to research and publish numerous manuscripts and technical reports on Illinois natural areas and rare species. Paul received a M.S. in Biological Sciences from Marshall University (Huntington, WV) in 1999 and a B.S. in Natural Science from Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH) in 1996. His masters thesis was titled: Clarification of the hybrid origin of Carex x deamii Herm. (Cyperaceae), based on macro- and micro- morphological characters.

Paul Marcum
President-Elect: Janine Catchpole
Janine Catchpole was president of the INPS state board (2012-2014), is current president of the new Kankakee Torrent Chapter, and waspast-president of the Northeast Chapter. She has a BA in Communication from University of Illinois/Springfield, and studied Agronomy at Montana State University. She lives in Joliet, Illinois and since 2006, works as a plant biological technician and volunteer at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois. Prior to moving to Joliet, she lived in Springfield, Illinois, where she was assistant director and grower at the Washington Park Botanical Garden, a unit of the Springfield Park District.
Past President: Chris Benda
Chris Benda is President of the Southern Chapter of INPS. Chris moved to Illinois in 2004 and earned his Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in 2007. He worked on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory Update in southern Illinois from 2008 – 2012 and most recently conducted botanical surveys for the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan. Chris teaches The Flora of Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois University in the summer and splits his time between Palatine and Makanda, Illinois.
Chris Benda
Secretary: Rachel Goad
Rachel has served as secretary for the state INPS board since 2012, and served as secretary for the Northeast Chapter since 2013. She manages the Plants of Concern program, a citizen science rare plant monitoring effort in the Chicago region. She has a Master’s degree in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Illinois State University.
Rachel Goad
Treasurer: Jim Payne

Jim Payne graduated from the University of Illinois in 1971, majoring in Finance.  He is one of the original founding members and long-time Treasurer of Grand Prairie Friends, an east-central Illinois not-for-profit.  Jim owns a small manufacturing firm that makes insect sampling equipment and he and his wife, Mare, own ~500 acres of riparian forest along the Sangamon, Embarras, and Little Embarras Rivers.  They live at Jasmine Hollow, a 140 acre Land and Water Reserve along the Sangamon River in Piatt County.
Membership: Amanda Pankau
Amanda has a B.S. in ecology, ethology, and evolution from the University of Illinois. In 2004 she moved to Carbondale and completed a M.S. in wildlife ecology, conducting research on wetlands in the Cache River watershed. From 2007-2014 she worked as a biologist for an engineering firm in southern IL, specializing on wetland and stream delineation and mitigation, as well as threatened and endangered species consultations. She is currently taking a short break from that to focus on the all too important work of raising two little boys into future naturalists.
Amanda Pankau

Jean Sellar
Jason Zylka
Susanne Masi

Editor: Position Currently Vacant

Erigenia Editor: John Taft
Floral Update Committee Members: Eric Ulaszek, Paul Marcum, Dave Ketzner

Members: Raquel Garcia-Alvarez

Members: Janine Catchpole, Caron Wenzel, Blazing Star, Inc., Juli Crane, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Kathy Hale-Johnson, Simply Native Plant Nursery, Corrine Daniels, Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries, Roger Anderson, Illinois State University, Jack Kaskel, Red Buffalo Nursery, Kyle Banas, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery, Bill Carter, Prairie Moon Nursery, Jack Pizzo, The Pizzo Group, Rob Walker, Agrecol, Grace Koehler, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery, Ellen Starr, USDA NRCS, Sandy Ascot, Muddy Paws Garden Nursery, John Wilker, IDNR, Chris Evans, IDNR, Trish Beckjord, Midwest Groundcovers, Larry Creekmur, Country Road Greenhouses, Inc., Todd Polacek, Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries, Carl Linman, Restoration Landscaping, Terra Ozenkoski, Fromm-Huff Farm Inc., Kelsay Shaw, Possibility Place, Terry Rohwedder, Possibility Place