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 native plant diversity flourishes.
Where all people have access to native plants in both the built environment and the wild.
Where people of all backgrounds play a vital role in the conservation of our native plant heritage.
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.
From the Blog
Consider replacing your turf with native grasses and grass-like plants that require less water and fewer resources to maintain.
We looked for rare plants, camped, hiked, went birdwatching, and found fire followers coming up in the French Fire burn area.
We talk with Brenda Gallegos and Belinda Faustinos, who are reconnecting people and nature as leaders in California’s Power in Nature Coalition.