California Native Plant Society

Conservatoin Conference 2015

January 13-17, 2015 - San Jose, CA



The CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference was a memorable celebration and a phenomenal success! Thank you to all the countless volunteers, CNPS members, conference sponsors, donors, and staff who put this big event together, and to everyone who joined us in San Jose to celebrate and advance plant conservation in California. Our native plants have a brighter future than ever before thanks to your dedication and collaboration, and we hope you have found inspiration from the conservation community to take on the challenges that our flora face in California and beyond.

A big thank you to CNPS Santa Clara Valley chapter member Steve Rosenthal
and his team for recording many of the conference sessions!

View the presentations you missed or relive the ones you loved
on the CNPS-SCV YouTube channel now

View the online program, download oral presentation abstracts and contributed poster abstracts Download the Conference ProgramProgram Big thanks to our conference sponsors!
Conference Highlights
  • In attendance were more than 1,000 conservationists and native plant enthusiasts from California and beyond!
  • A record number of student attendees and contributors demonstrated that the future of our native plants is in very capable hands! View the winners of the student oral and poster presentation contests.
  • 20 Pre-Conference Workshops (6 sold out!) taught professional skills and inspired CNPS chapter members
  • 5 field trips (2 sold out!) gave attendees a chance to get to know the local flora
  • More than 300 inspiring speakers presented in 25 concurrent sessions on a wide array of conservation topics
  • Enlightening talks from key speakers Michael Soule, Jared Farmer, Rebecca Moore, Jack Dangermond, Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter Raven, and Paul Ehrlich brought us back to the big picture of conservation today, including and expanding beyond the plant life we know and love
  • Over 55 scientific and CNPS chapter posters demonstrated amazing research projects from around the state
  • 27 organizations and vendors in the sold-out exhibit hall displayed and discussed new technology, ideas, books, plants, projects, conservation resources, and more
  • Generous bidders raised funds for the CNPS Conservation Program through the auctions and drawing
  • The captivating botanical art and photography exhibits beautified the conference and highlighted the many talented artists who contributed their work.
  • Malcolm Margolin brought together inspiring poets, including Robert Pack Browning, Lester Rowntree, Pireeni Sundaralingam, and Poet Laureate, Robert Hass, who read to a full house at the "Reaching High: Poets and Writers" event!
  • Appreciation for nature and music came together at the Songfest and Music Jam, in the funky disco bar! Botanists and native plant lovers rocked out until they could rock out no more.
  • At the Friday Banquet, attendees united in celebration of CNPS's 50th birthday and the progress made by our community throughout the last 50 years

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