Your local connection to the California Native Plant Society
36 chapters statewide
With 36 chapters statewide, CNPS offers many opportunities to get involved and have fun. Each chapter is unique and has its own priorities based on chapter member interest. All enjoy the strengths and legal benefits of being one incorporated non-profit organization, but chapters elect their own officers and manage their own chapter budgets.
When you join CNPS, be sure to choose a chapter affiliation to learn about local events and contacts. Examples of chapter activities include:
Monthly meetings and speaker programs
Protect what’s local!
Tours & Shows
Garden tours and wildflower shows
Get inspired by your local experts
A great native plant selection for a great cause
Nature walks, hikes, field trips
Stopping the spread of invasive species
Public outreach and education
Creating beauty in your community
Caring for local treasures
Rare plants and vegetation volunteers
Chapter Council & Quarterly Meetings
Representatives from all 36 CNPS chapters meet four times a year during quarterly meeting weekends. In the chapter council session, these delegates discuss CNPS policies, share successes and lessons learned, vote in organizational elections, and more. Quarterly meetings and chapter council sessions are open to all CNPS members and friends! Learn more here.
Did you know that CNPS is international? We’re proud to have a Baja California chapter, partnering with experts and volunteers in Mexico. The CNPS Baja Chapter is actively engaged in protecting Mexico’s only vernal pools.
CNPS Baja Chapter
From the Blog
Today, the California State Assembly passed AB 1573, transformative legislation requiring the use of native plants in public works and commercial landscaping projects.
Reflections on Global Biodiversity and How to Take ActionLearn 3 things you can do for biodiversity today and hear from CNPS Biodiversity Initiatives Director Andrea Williams.
Only Known Population Found of Rare California Native Plant Not Documented in Almost 30 YearsCNPS and partners celebrate "a truly thrilling find!"