California Native Plant Society

Education Program

CNPS Workshops and Professional Training

The Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants, rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands. Discounted registration fees are offered to CNPS Members. (Join CNPS here)

Looking for information about a previous event? Past workshops and training events are listed here.

2014 CNPS Plant Science Workshops
Dates and locations are subject to change. Info is published here as it becomes available.
June 2-5 Introduction to Plant Identification
with special emphasis on Riparian/Wetland, Invasives, and Rare Plant Species

Instructors: Michelle Balk, Fred Roberts, and Vince Scheidt
Location: Pala Fire Station, Pala, in northern San Diego County

Course Description:
This is an intensive three-part introductory/intermediate course
Part 1 Jun 2-3 Introduction to plant identification
Part 2 Jun 4 Introduction to riparian and wetland plants, including invasives
Part 3 Jun 5 Introduction to Identification of rare and endangered plants

Participants may take any or all sections. The course is geared towards anyone who wants or needs to improve their knowledge and skills about these groups of plants. Emphasis will be given to southern California species and habitats; however, information learned in this class will be readily applicable throughout California and elsewhere. The class will include classroom presentation and exercises, and field excursions, primarily to the extensive floodplain of the nearby San Luis Rey River and adjacent uplands. We will spend approximately 50% of the time in the field.

Attendees will learn:

  • Distinguishing characteristics of the major California plant families
  • How to use dichotomous keys for plant identification
  • Plant identification terminology
  • Identifying species by sight, smell, taste, or touch
  • Resources available to help identify native plants
This workshop is now full. To be added to the wait list please call Josie Crawford at (530) 559-6748.
Register online: Part 1
(Jun 2-3)
Part 2
(Jun 4)
Part 3
(Jun 5)
All 3 Parts
(Jun 2-5)
CNPS Members $165 $85 $85 $300
$200 $120 $120 $335
More Information: Full Workshop Announcement (PDF 446kb)
Print & Mail Registration form: PDF (78kb) | Word (21kb)


June 10-12 Cancelled
Vegetation Rapid Assessment/ Relevé

Lead instructors: Todd Keeler-Wolf and Jennifer Buck-Diaz
Location: Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA

This workshop is presented with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It consists of an introductory evening lecture and two field-days with exercises in fine-scale vegetation sampling for professional and student botanists, ecologists, resource managers, and conservationists. Participants should have an initial understanding of the subject matter and basic plant identification skills. This course focuses on sampling plant communities using the CNPS/CDFW combined vegetation rapid assessment/relevé method. There will be a combination of lecture and field exercises in vegetation sampling with a focus on collecting data using the CNPS-CDFW combined vegetation rapid assessment/ relevé method. We will discuss applications of fine-scale vegetation sampling, classification and mapping, how to document rare natural communities, and how vegetation information fits into planning documents.

Note that some details, including price and exact locations, are subject to change.

To register or for more information, contact Josie Crawford at (916) 447-2677 or


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