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April 2016

Chapter Resources April 2016


Hello CNPS Chapter Volunteers!
In this monthly e-mail, you will find chapter support updates and other resources from CNPS staff. Always feel free to contact us with questions and feedback! E-mail Becky Reilly, .

Thank you for making CNPS great!


In this e-mail...
BIG Day of Giving 2016!
CNPS's 1st Annual Plant-A-Thon During CA Native Plant Week!
AmeriCorps NCCC
Including Member Information in Chapter Newsletters
Education E-News Articles
New from CNPS Press: Kern County Flora
CNPS 2016 Directories

2016 CNPS Statewide Workshops Now Open For Registration
Chapter Annual Activities Reports
California Native Plant Week 2016

This Month's FAQ!
Next CNPS Quarterly Meeting


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Admin page of CNPS.org
Chapter Resources E-mail Archive / Last Month's E-mail
Horticulture events calendar / How to add events
Event insurance information
Garden tour insurance information
Seller's permit information
How to host a Ditch Your Lawn workshop

BIG Day of Giving 2016!
On May 3, 2016, CNPS is participating in a local fundraising challenge for the Sacramento region called the BIG Day of Giving. For 24 hours, online donations of $25 or more made to CNPS through bigdayofgiving.org will help us to be eligible to win prizes ranging from $500 to $5000! Watch for CNPS's campaign on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn pages (hashtag: #BIGDoG2015) and in the e-newsletter as the date approaches to learn how you can participate and help CNPS raise more money to support our mission. Please contact Stacey at for BIG Day of Giving logos and verbiage to include in your chapter newsletters and Facebook pages to help spread the word!

CNPS's 1st Annual Plant-A-Thon During CA Native Plant Week!

CNPS’s 1st Annual Plant-A-Thon is a fun activity encouraging participants of all ages, interests, and botanical knowledge to go outside and spot California native plants! Participants seek sponsors to go on a CNPS chapter field trip, take a trip of their own to an outdoor location, or go as far as their own garden, to count as many plants as they can. Special prizes will be awarded to participants with the most plants, most sponsors, and for CNPS Chapters with the greatest participation. Our goal is to help raise awareness of California native plants, their beauty, and their place in the landscape, as well as to raise donations for CNPS. Can’t donate but want to support the Plant-a-thon? Then please take a picture of yourself, your family, or some friends holding our “I ‘heart’ CA Native Plants” sign in front of some native plants expressing the reason why you love CA native plants!
Steve Hartman Loves CA Native Plants


AmeriCorps NCCC
If your chapter has a project (such as restoration work) that requires a team of dedicated volunteers, did you know that you can apply for an AmeriCorps NCCC team to come help out? This program employs 18-24 year olds from across the country, sending teams of 8-12 members to project sites. To be eligible, your project has to have a minimum of 40 hours a week of work for 6+ weeks for the team, and project sponsors have to provide housing (this can be anything from a group campsite to a vacation rental). A team of NCCC members presented this to the Chapter Council in San Pedro in March. You can see their presentation here and check out an information sheet for the Pacific Region here.

Including Member Information in Chapter Newsletters
Many chapters like to show appreciation for new members by including a “Welcome New Members” section in their newsletters. If your chapter does this, we would like to suggest that instead of publishing full names of new members, use only first names plus the person’s city – so “Welcome Sam from Sacramento” instead of Sam’s first and last name. Remember that while publishing a first and last name is not usually a big deal, CNPS does promise to protect the privacy of all members, including names – so this method provides your chapter members with more anonymity, while still letting them know you appreciate their membership.

Education E-News Articles
The CNPS monthly e-news is seeking contributions for the April education-themed edition. In particular, has your chapter recently written about a RPTH in your newsletter, or does your chapter have a RPTH team that would like to write about their experiences? Please send the newsletter link or brief write-up to Stacey Flowerdew, , by April 11, and include credits and photos if applicable. Thank you!

New from CNPS Press: Kern County Flora
Kern County Flora: A key to vascular plant species of Kern County, CA, by L. Maynard Moe, is available now! Get some for your next event at the chapter rate of $17.97 by e-mailing .

CNPS 2016 Directories

If your chapter representative was unable to pick up your two free copies of the 2016 directory in San Pedro and you would like them sent to your chapter by mail, please e-mail Becky the address that they should be sent to. Also, if your chapter would like to order any additional directories beyond the two free copies, please e-mail Becky your order, and we will invoice your treasurer for the cost. Extra directories are $5.28 each, plus shipping. As a reminder, the directory is also available in PDF format online:
1. Go to the admin page of CNPS.org
2. Access the private administration section by clicking on the Panamint daisy logo in the left sidebar
3. Log in by using the username: ***
    And, password: ***
4. Click on the link to the 2016 directory
5. To view the directory, enter password (case sensitive): ***


2016 CNPS Statewide Workshops Now Open For Registration
The 2016 statewide plant science workshops schedule, and information/registration for most workshops, is now available on www.cnps.org/workshops! Upcoming spring classes that you can register for now include Intro to Plant Identification - Northern CA in Los Molinos, May 3-5; and Wetland & Riparian Plant Identification in Ojai, May 18-20. Details and registration will be posted very soon for Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Releve (White Mountains, July 19-21), plus two more Introduction to Plant Identification workshops in the Bay Area and Southern California (details TBA), and Vegetation Mapping in the Bay Area (details TBA). If you would like more information, or a short write-up about upcoming workshops to include in your chapter newsletter, contact Becky Reilly, .

Chapter Annual Activities Reports
Reminder: Chapter Annual Activities Reports are due on June 1. The updated forms were mailed out to all chapter presidents and delegates on March 24. Please contact Becky, , if you have any questions or would like the form resent to your chapter.

California Native Plant Week 2016
Do you have a chapter event happening during California Native Plant Week, April 16-24? Be sure to add your event to the Horticulture Events calendar so we can help spread the word! Here are instructions on adding events to the calendar. For questions about this calendar, please email .


This month's FAQ!
Q: Do I need a seller's permit? How do I get one?
A: Seller's permits are required for any event in which your chapter will be selling goods - books, plants, merchandise, etc. They serve as proof that CNPS is a tax-paying organization. First, check out the Seller's Permit Information PDF to familiarize yourself with the simple process. All you need to do is e-mail the date of your event and physical address of the sale to Becky () a few weeks ahead of time, and she'll pull the permit for you (and can also check if we already have a permit for that location and send you a copy if so). Seller's permits do not expire, so if you have a sale at the same place every year, you can reuse the permit.


SAVE THE DATE!

Next CNPS Quarterly Meeting

June 3-5, 2016
Truckee, CA

Hosted by the Tahoe Chapter

Why should I attend the Quarterly Meeting?
1. You will connect with, and learn from, other CNPS members and staff from around the state
2. You get to contribute to important decisions that impact our organization during the Chapter Council session
3. Through social events and field trips, you will meet like-minded people and get to know a new area of the state - it's fun!

Hope to see you there!

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