35 chapters statewide
With 35 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 35 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
The Wildlife Conservation Board voted to deny a controversial deal between CDFW and developers to swap land in the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve for land of lesser ecological value.
Wreath Masters, a friendly competition between botanic gardens, nurseries, CNPS and other partners throughout the state challenges participants to create holiday wreaths made with California native plants.
Ecological restoration is central to the well-being of Indigenous communities, who have tended, burned, and harvested California's ecosystems for millennia.