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)

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2014 CNPS Plant Science Workshops

View workshops offered at the 2015 Conservation Conference

Dates and locations are subject to change. Info is published here as it becomes available.
October 14-16

Vegetation Rapid Assessment/ Relevé

Instructors: Jennifer Buck-Diaz, Anne Klein, and Rachelle Boul

Location: Sierra Foothills Range Field Station & Spenceville Wildlife Area in Nevada and Yuba Counties

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.

CNPS Members: $315
Non-members: $360
More Information: Full Workshop Announcement (PDF 385kb)
Online Registration
Print & Mail Registration form: PDF (91kb) | Word (45kb)


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

To register or for more information, contact Becky Reilly at (916) 447-2677 or


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