A leading voice in native
Since its beginnings, the California Native Plant Society has been a leading voice in plant science and native plant appreciation, making it one of the foremost native plant organizations in the world. We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to conserving California native plants and their natural habitats, while increasing the understanding, enjoyment, and horticultural use of native plants. We work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices. See our Mission and Vision statement.
We envision a future in which
Californians actively support the Society’s mission, which is accomplished through education, plant science, advocacy, land stewardship and native plant gardening.
Californians value native plants, plant communities and healthy ecosystems as essential to the well being of all living things.
Californians can experience native plants throughout the state, in natural environments and human-made landscapes.
California’s extensive and interconnected natural habitats are preserved.
CNPS is the leader for providing reliable information on California native plants and plant conservation. Comprehensive information about California’s flora and vegetation communities is available throughout the state for conservation and educational purposes.
CNPS’s leadership influences personal ethics and actions, as well as public policy for native plant protection.
As a tax-exempt, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, CNPS is accountable to each of you — our members, volunteers, and generous donors. Thank you for trusting us to use your contributions wisely, respectfully, and effectively.
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