Protecting California’s native plants and places since 1965
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 environmentally friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices. See our Mission and Vision statement.
To protect California’s native plants and their natural habitats, today and into the future, through science, education, stewardship, gardening, and advocacy.
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
For the first time, the newly updated CNPS Rare Plant Inventory 9.5 makes available public searches on threats and the display of threat summary statistics for over 1,800 rare California native plants.
Reflections on the U.N. Global Biodiversity ConferenceCNPS has been proud to be the voice for California’s native plants on a global stage, which helps build support for what we care about most here at home.
Threatened by Mining, A Tiny Daisy Needs Your HelpThreatened by mining, California's tiny and rare Inyo rock daisy is in danger of losing its entire range.