Originally formed in 1965 in the east bay region, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California’s native plants. The Society, working through its local chapters and statewide programs, seeks to increase understanding of California’s native flora and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. Membership is open to everyone. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, plant uses, land use, horticulture and gardening, and a love of California’s natural landscapes.
Numerous CNPS activities are organized at the chapter level where the varied interests of local members directly influence programs and projects. Common activities include plant sales, field trips, demonstration gardens, and speaker programs. Many chapters also engage in weed eradication, conservation projects, rare plant monitoring, plant community sampling, and educational outreach. Each activity brings members together with shared goals under the CNPS mission. See the Local Chapter pages for more information.
Long term programs work both independently and interactively with chapters. These programs include rare plant science, vegetation science, conservation, land stewardship, horticulture, education, and publications. See Program/Project links at the top of the page for more information. Statewide programs are under responsibility of the Executive Director in the central Sacramento office as well as specific program directors. Additional organization administration activities are also conducted out of the Sacramento office.
For more information, visit our website: www.CNPS.org