The general public is invited to attend special programming and many parts of the conference for free, on Saturday, Jan 14 from 10:30 am -3:00 pm. Activities, talks and workshops are geared for families with children, teachers, landscape professionals, and anyone with an interest in native plants and restoration. There will be Native American basket weavers and storytellers, nature journaling for children, how to start native gardens in schools and homes, how to teach nature journaling for teachers and naturalists. We will also have gardening workshops and talks on restoration projects.
Parts of the scientific conference will be open to the public as well, from 8:00 am-4:30 pm, including four conference sessions, with talks on: horticulture, tribal conservation and uses of native plants, citizen science programs and other forms of conservation education. We invite young people with an interest in the natural sciences to listen to university students talk about their research. Public Day participants may visit the photography and botanical art exhibitions, the scientific and CNPS chapter posters, and the Exhibitor Hall. Workshops and talks will last about an hour each and many are designed with the lay-person in mind.
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012
|Native Plant Gardening
|Nature and Children
|Local Projects & Topics
Horticultural Consultant & Designer
Native Plant Propagation Workshop
A demonstration that touches on cuttings, proper media for propagation, seasonality, collecting seeds and cutting material
Cindy Jenson-Elliott, M.A.
The Child's Primary School
Creating Place-Based Science Projects
A presentation about a place-based ecology project Cindy did with 70 students, grades 1 - 8, exploring Tecolote Canyon in San Diego over 3 months
San Diego’s Biodiversity as a result of Kumeyaay People
Paul Herzog & Julia Chunn
G3/The Green Gardens Group
San Diego Landscape Designer
Ocean Friendly Gardens: applying CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention (c) - to revive our watersheds and oceans through hands-on, community events involving professionals, volunteers, agencies and academia.
Children’s Garden Program
An interactive garden area where kids (and adults) are able to participate in a number of stations: native plant planting station (with a soil mixing activity), a vermiculture area, and a beneficial bug station. Our program’s mission is that of inspiring and teaching children, their parents and educators to get into the garden and out into nature, and to understand the importance of why we should be doing so
Cuyamaca Outdoor School
Cuyamaca Outdoor School Nature Education Program for 6th graders
|11:00||11:00a – 11:30a
RECON Native Plants, Inc.
Choosing the Right Native Plants for your Garden and Maintaining Them
San Diego Landscape Sciences
San Diego Native Habitat Conservation Issues
John Muir Laws
Opening the World through Nature Journaling (for children 10 and over)
Cathleen Chilcote Wallace
Storytelling:"The Gift Basket"
Cathleen is a storyteller, elementary school teacher and Luiseno tribal member. “The Gift Basket” is a story that deals with traditional local native gathering practices, native plants, and local native culture. It is a teaching story in the traditional sense.
Tree of Life Native Plant Nursery
Beautiful Flowering Natives for your Garden
John Muir Laws
USING the Opening the World through Nature Journaling (for parents, teachers, naturalists AND children 10 and over)
Diane Nygaard & Kasey Cinciarelli
How much restoration can be done with $30K & hundreds of volunteer hours.
Mary Ann Hawke
Engaging the Public in Science and Nature: How to Get Involved as a Citizen Scientist
Whether it’s using a traditional pencil and notebook or using the latest in smart phone apps, find out how you can benefit
from getting involved in citizen science projects in your community. Learn how you can contribute to the understanding of local conservation issues while
enjoying your time in nature.
Tree of Life Native Plant Nursery
Attracting Wildlife to Your Native Garden
Anne Fege, Ph.D., M.B.A
San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative (SDCaN)
Learning in Nature’s Classrooms
Hands-on and multi-sensory learning in nearby nature and schoolyard habitats engages students’ natural curiosity, excitement for discovery, sense of place, and stewardship. Local resources will be highlighted: curriculum for local shrub lands, guide to nearby field trips, and writing in nature.
Deborah Small & Rose Ramirez
Edible, Medicinal, Material, Ceremonial: Contemporary
Ethnobotany of Southern California Indians
A multimedia presentation of the contemporary uses of native plants of profound importance to the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural vitality of California Indians.
Basket weaving demonstrations / displays
Abe Sanchez promotes the revitalization of indigenous arts. His artistic experience as a master basket weaver has given him the opportunity to assist interested tribes and individuals in the revival of this ancient craft throughout California, Arizona and Mexico.
Lucy Parker is a descendant of the Yosemite Miwok, Mono Lake Kutzadikaa, and Kayasha Pomo
peoples. She learned traditional handiwork from her mother, a master basket weaver, and will pass on some of her knowledge in this presentation.
California’s Own Native Landscape Design
Fire Management with Native Plants
Shelley Glenn Lee
Citizen Science and Nearby Nature Projects – A High School Level Collaboration
Strategies for collaboration will be shared during this overview of a local, nature-based high school project led by ScienceBridge at UCSD, in collaboration with San Diego Canyonlands and San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative.
How to Design a Native Garden
Prisk Elementary School
Prisk Elementary School Native Habitat
Mr. Letteriello designed and built the native habitat at Prisk Elementary School in Long Beach over 15 years ago and has worked to ensure its success as an optimal education opportunity ever since. The habitat acts as an example of many California plant communities from desert to Oak woodland and has been cared for all through volunteer help. Mr. Letteriello will discuss the experience with building the Prisk Native Habitat including the challenges and impact on the school's campus.
Lillian Cooper - CANCELLED
Drawing and Journaling in Nature
Amigos Del Los Rios, a nonprofit that specializes in greening Los Angeles.
Restoring Neglected Public Landscapes in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods with Native Plants
Discussion will include the organizations vision for connecting the San Gabriel Mountains to the ocean through a gateway of connected parks utilizing the San Gabriel, Rio Hondo, and Los Angeles Rivers.
Education and Native Gardens
Mr. Parker has designed, restored and maintained several native habitats in the Long Beach area including educational habitat interfaces at the Colorado Lagoon and Los Cerritos Wetlands. In addition, he has designed and built with volunteers an educational native garden at Luther Burbank Elementary School, also in Long Beach. Mr. Parker will discuss service-learning techniques and how to utilize the habitats for general public education
Town and Country Resort Hotel
500 HOTEL CIRCLE NORTH
SAN DIEGO, CA 92108
Interstate 5 North or South: Exit onto Interstate 8 East (El Centro) and exit 2nd Hotel Circle exit, turn left, continuing under the overpass.
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 (for free) 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).