California Native Plant Society

Local Information and Attractions

General Information

Town and Country Resort and Conference Center
Concierge desk, available for all conference attendees:
(858) 336-1999 x1234

Driving Directions
Interstate 5 North or South: Exit onto Interstate 8 East (El Centro) and exit 2nd Hotel Circle exit, turn left, continuing under the overpass.
Parking Information
The Conference Center location is on the far east end of the resort...close to the Union Tribune building, so look for parking in that area. Register at the CNPS Registration table, and obtain your CNPS name badge. Parking charge is discounted to $5.00 with a CNPS name badge ($14.00 without).

San Diego:
Sign-On San Diego

San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau
2215 India Street San Diego, CA 92101


Child Care    

Destination Sitters

Contact number:
Toll free

San Diego office
tel: 858.336.1999
fax: 858.412.5514

Office hours:
9:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday
Ca search for licensed providers by zip code:
92110, surrounding zip codes: 92111, 92108, 92103


San Diego Transit
Regional Transit Map
Fashion Valley Transit Center Trolley Station at hotel


Open Space Areas

National Parks:

National Forest:

State Parks:

County Parks:

City Parks:

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

  • Steel Canyon Sweet Water Marsh (Google Map Search: Par 4 Dr, El Cajon, CA)
  • Sweet Water Marsh NWLR (32.63959, -117.11239)                 
  • San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge (32.60206, -117.12398)

UCSD Natural Reserve System:

  • Kendall Frost
  • Elliot
  • Scripps Coastal

Audubon Sanctuaries

  • Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary:
    Sundays (2012-01-15):  9-4, Guided 10-1:30
    13003 Wildcat Canyon Road 
    Lakeside, CA 92040 
    (619) 443-2998  



San Diego Botanic Garden (760) 436-3036
Balboa Park Gardens - 15 botanic gardens

Horticultural Institutions and Organizations:


Other Attractions

Animal Parks:

Amusement Parks:


Academic institutions:

  • University of California San Diego
    Scripps Institute of Oceanography:
  • University of Redlands
  • Loma Linda University
  • California State University San Marcos
  • Palomar College
  • San Diego State University (California State University San Diego)
  • College of the Nazarene
  • National University
  • Southwestern College
  • Cuyamaca College
  • Mira Costa College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego City College

Other Groups:
Native American Groups:

Business Entities:


Events Jan 10-14 2012

Project Home Front

  • Price: No Charge
  • Address:
    Coronado Visitor Center and Historical Association & Museum
    Coronado, CA

2/16/11 – 2/12/12 
As part of the Centennial of Naval Aviation, the Coronado Historical Association has honored Coronado's aviation heritage with yard signs identifying the homes of aviators past and present. Maps with biographical information on this self-guided community tour may be picked up at the Coronado Visitor Center, 1100 Orange Avenue. (619) 435-7242


"Cook, Melville and Gauguin: Three Voyages to Paradise" exhibition

  • Price: $10 plus general admission
  • Address:
    1492 North Harbor Drive
    San Diego, CA

5/27/11 – 1/12/12
Imagine what treasures one would have seen exploring the Pacific islands in centuries past? The Three Voyages to Paradise exhibit is inspired by those very visions as seen through the eyes of Captain James Cook, author Herman Melville and impressionist painter Paul Gauguin.

Highlighting this extraordinary exhibit are original paintings created by the official expedition artists (William Hodges and John Webber), on James Cook’s second and third Voyages of Discovery. Scientific and navigation instruments from Cook’s time as well as personal effects and Cook memorabilia will also be displayed along with Charts and Pacific artifacts from the period. Paintings, engravings and whaling artifacts representative of Herman Melville’s episodic adventure in the South Seas will be interpreted using select examples of his writings.

Central to the exhibition will be a comprehensive collection of original oil and watercolor paintings, woodblock prints, engravings and sculpture by Paul Gauguin. This exhibit will comprise the largest display of three-dimensional Gauguin masterpieces currently seen anywhere in the world, including a newly discovered Gauguin wood carving on display for the first time in America.


Masao Watanabe Exhibition

  • Price: Free with Garden Admission
  • Address: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego

12/01/11 – 1/30/12
 Masao Watanabe uses high quality tree materials to make simple but modern art forms. 


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