To connect to your local chapter, or to find other events in your region, see this page for a list and map of CNPS chapters. Even more events from CNPS chapters and partners can be viewed on the Horticulture Events Calendar.
Yerba Buena Chapter
Annual Members' Slides and Potluck Supper
Thursday, December 3, 6:30 PM
Join our annual year-end informal members' potluck dinner and slide show. Please bring your favorite slides or digital images and your favorite dish or beverage to share. There will be no restaurant dinner or plant identification workshop preceding this meeting. Whether you are a photographer or an appreciator, come for an enjoyable evening of delicious food and great pictures. The potluck starts at 6:30 and the slides start at 7:30. Recreation Room, San Francisco County Fair Building. Contact Kipp McMichael (email@example.com or 510-759-3178) for information about showing your pictures
Santa Clara Valley Chapter
CNPS Chapter Council Meeting in San Carlos
Friday-Sunday, December 4-6
On the weekend of December 4-6, it’s our Chapter’s turn to host the quarterly CNPS Chapter Council for delegates from around the state. These meetings include opportunities to socialize and attend field trips with like-minded people working to conserve our wild places and native flora. Our Chapter last hosted Chapter Council at Santa Clara University in December 2009. This year we’ve chosen Casa de Flores in San Carlos as the location. Members of the State Board of Directors and the State CNPS staff will also be in attendance. All CNPS members are welcome to attend. Visit the meeting website for details.
Santa Cruz County Chapter
Hike to Chalk Mountain
Saturday, December 5, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Hike to Chalk Mountain (1609 ft) with Deanna Giuliano. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views and amazing redwoods on the way up to a coastal scrub habitat. Chalk Mountain is located near Año Nuevo SP. Strenuous elevation gain of about 1500’ feet. Four mile round trip. Meet at Westside New Leaf parking lot. Limited to 15 people.
Monterey Bay Chapter
French Broom Weed Bash, Point Lobos
Saturday, December 5, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Join us on these 1st Saturday of the month visits to the beautiful Monterey pine forest on the east side of Point Lobos. We’ll use several techniques to remove French broom and help restore this area that wants to thrive with native plants. Meet at 1pm in Carmel at the Rio Rd. Park n’ Ride (across from the Chevron Gas Station). All supplies provided. Bring a friend, water, and a snack. Contact Bruce Delgado at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-277-7690 for more info.
Mount Lassen Chapter
Hike: Ten-Mile House Trail, Upper Bidwell Park, Chico
Sunday, December 6, 8:30 AM
Meet at Chico Park & Ride west lot (Hwys 32/99) in time to leave by 8:30 am. Wear sturdy shoes, bring lunch, water, insect protection, and money for ride sharing. We’ll drive east 9 miles on Hwy 32 to the green gate, park on the left (north) side. We’ll hike down an historic wagon road, pass buckeyes and black oaks, and lunch at an old homestead site near a large spring, surrounded by old fig and persimmon trees. Be prepared to climb 800 feet back up. Call for alternate meeting place. Leaders: 530-893-5123, 530-342-2293.
South Coast Chapter
Annual Potluck Desserts and Open Slide Show
Monday, December 7, 7:30 PM
Join us for our annual holiday get together. Please bring a dessert item to share. Digital photo presentations should be on a flash drive, should be not more than 5 minutes, and should have a nature theme. Photos related to California Native Plants are preferred. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
A Grass Roots Garden Without the Grass
Tuesday, December 8, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Arlington Garden in Pasadena is an inspiring success story of visionary residents working with an award-winning landscape designer to create the city’s first public garden. Unlike most public gardens, this one has grown in spite of its humble budget of both money and water into a Mediterranean-climate oasis enjoyed by the community at large, visitors from all over the world, and a healthy number of local fauna! The garden is designed to maximize the use of available rainfall, and is supplemented with a minimal supply of water delivered via efficient forms of irrigation. As for grass, there is none! Join Mayita Dinos, the garden’s master planner, for a virtual tour of this magical place. You will hear of its transformation from weed lot to oasis, and learn about the plants and design elements that make it a beautiful model of a sustainable urban watershed garden. First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica.
Channel Islands Chapter
Flora of Mount Pinos
Wednesday, December 9, 7:15 to 9:00 PM
David Torfeh will discuss the diverse flora of the Mount Pinos area. Mount Pinos is the highest peak in Ventura County (8831 feet elevation) and the San Emigdio Mountains. Take a slideshow tour of what can be seen at and near Mount Pinos (in the Los Padres National Forest) in the early summer, which is the height of this area's flowering season. Bring your unknown native plants to ID before the talk. Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura.
North Coast Chapter
Native Plant Show and Tell
Wednesday, December 10, 7:30 PM
Join us for an informal evening sharing photos, artifacts, readings, or food relating to native plants and their habitats. If you would like to share something, contact Michael at email@example.com or 707-407-7686. Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Rd., Arcata.
San Diego Chapter
Join Partners in Grime at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape
Saturday, December 12, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Short days, long nights, and cooler weather means plants grow slower. We'll snip and tidy up some overgrown shrubs and do careful hand weeding around the native plants we planted in November. The Landscape is at the corner of Taylor and Congress Streets, in the west end of Old Town State Historic Park. Park in the CalTrans parking lot on Taylor; enter at the Juan Street traffic signal. It is a recreation of the landscape that provided for the needs of Native Americans in our region before the arrival of Europeans in 1769. Bring gloves, sun protection, pruners and weeders, or borrow ours. Questions? E-mail Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
Monthly Walk, Eaton Canyon Nature Center
Sunday, December 13, 9:00 AM
Take a gentle, 2-hour walk around the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Make friends with people of similar interests and learn the names and habitats of the native plants in the surrounding area.
Dorothy King Young Chapter
Sunday, December 13, 1:00 PM
Brief meeting and annual election at 1 p.m., followed by a presentation by four outstanding botanists at 1:15 p.m. Bring a dish to share, your own liquid refreshment, dishes and utensils. Greenwood Community Center in Elk.
Orange County Chapter
Program Meeting: It’s Your Turn!
Thursday, December 17, 6:45 PM (doors), 7:30 PM (program starts)
This is your chance to share a favorite flower or voyage or habitat—locally or anywhere else in the world. The only rule is 5 minutes, that’s the limit. Everyone will get a turn and we’ll get home before midnight! Get ready for you FIVE minutes of fame! See the November/December newsletter for technical requirements. Following a long-standing tradition, board members will provide a festive spread on the hospitality table. If you have something you’d like to share (besides your photos!), you are welcome to bring it.
Plant Propagation Session
Sunday, December 20, 10:00 AM
Join us for a two-hour work session starting at 10 AM at the Shasta College greenhouses. We will be propagating cuttings and rooted divisions; donations of California native species are welcome. The greenhouses are located near the back of Shasta College, where the livestock barns are. Please call Jay & Terri Thesken at 530-221-0906 for further information.