2010 Grand Prize winner, Duncan Bell, taking a photo of Eriastrum harwoodii (Photo by Amber Swanson)
To recognize our volunteers, we will be giving away prizes to those that have excelled in one of the categories below. To be considered for a prize you must turn in all your forms, photos, and/or volunteer hours to us by October 29, 2013. Please mail them to
Winners will be notified and announced by November 19, 2013.
Most occurrences updated - individuals Awards go to the top 3 individual or small group Treasure Hunters, for updating the most rare plant occurrences. Winners choose from attendance to a CNPS workshop, gift certificates, a year-long CNPS membership, or CNPS books (depending on which place you take).
Most occurrences updated – chapters The top three chapters with the most rare plant occurrences are recognized on the RPTH website and are given awards that will help them continue their field work in the future. In the past, chapters have chosen plant presses, Jepson Manuals, office supplies, and other field gear to help with future Rare Plant Treasure Hunts.
Photo contest Enter a photo you’ve taken of a rare plant, rare plant community or even people on a treasure hunt. The top three photographers will receive a CNPS book or poster, and have their photo displayed on our blog, Facebook page and website! Files sizes should be at least 900 KB in size. Send them in to . Individuals are limited to 6 entries.
Best Essay Please send in an essay about your experience with the treasure hunt. This is very open-ended, so be creative! Essays should be from 1 to 2 pages. The winning essay will be featured on our blog and on our website in the section Stories from the Field. The winner will also receive a CNPS book or poster.
Most volunteer hours The individual who contributes the most volunteer hours to the RPTH will also be recognized and given a CNPS book or poster as an award.