Volunteers are the core of the rare plant monitoring program – a multi-year effort to visit known populations of rare plants around the state. Rare plant monitors visit some of the most beautiful ecosystems in Washington State to collect data on rare plant populations.

Volunteers learn how to estimate distance in the field
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A Mountaineers instructor teaches volunteers how to estimate distance in the field. Rare Care offers monitoring training, seed collecting training, and navigation training for individuals committed to volunteering for at least two years.


How to Apply

Monitoring Lomatium suksdorfiiApply for a volunteer position with Rare Care by filling out an online volunteer application. Visit the UW Botanic Gardens “Volunteer” web page and select “Rare Care Rare Plant Monitor.” The monitoring volunteer position opens for applications each year in the fall, and training occurs early the following year. Watch the space below for dates.

Missed the annual monitoring training and can’t wait to get started? Consider jumping in as a seed vault volunteer.

If you have questions, feel free to call the Rare Care office at (206) 616-0780 or email us.


Training & Events for Rare Plant Monitors & Seed Collectors

Rare Care offers Rare Plant Monitoring Training and Seed Collecting Training most springs, as well as occasional other opportunities (such as group monitoring trips) that strengthen volunteers’ skills.

2019 Training Dates – Applications are now being accepted

Rare Plant Monitoring:

  • Seattle:  March 30, 2019 at the Center for Urban Horticulture (deadline for applications is Friday, March 15)
  • Spokane:  April 20, 2019 at Argonne County Library (deadline for applications is Friday, April 5)

Seed Collecting:

  • Seattle: May 11, 2019 at the Center for Urban Horticulture (open to current rare plant monitoring volunteers only)

Click on thumbnails for a glimpse of where rare plant monitoring and seed collecting may take you!


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