Tahoe & Sierra Valley Chapter

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Representing Alpine, Sierra, and eastern Placer, El Dorado, and Nevada counties

The California Native Plant Society is working to protect California’s native plants and habitats, today, tomorrow, and into the future. Whether you’re a gardener, a student, or a passionate advocate for nature, the CNPS Tahoe & Sierra Valley Chapter has something for you. Our CNPS members love to spend their time wandering the Sierra Mountains, and while our focus is mainly native plants, we really enjoy almost everything about the outdoors. So, if you love the majesty of our tallest trees or the delicate beauty of our mosses and lichens, let us know. We will be happy to share our joy of nature with you!

Chapter Activities

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Field Trips

From the Tahoe Basin to Sierra Valley, our counties are rich in native plant habitat. We lead guided hikes and plant walks to view the region’s botanical treasures. See upcoming outings below.

Chapter Programs

Hear from expert speakers covering a range of exciting topics, attend a workshop or event promoting native plants or other natural resources. Find upcoming events below.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities available with CNPS or our partners ranging from helping with events to garden and trail maintenance. Contact us at Tahoe@cnps.org for more information.

Local Plant List

Did you know that our chapter is home to more than 2,000 species, subspecies, and varietals of plants? Botanical wonders surround us. Learn about the plants near you and how to identify them. See our printable list or download the sortable version.

Recommended Outings

Enjoy the fresh air and natural beauty of the area. Our list of recommended outings includes everything from easy strolls to challenging hikes. You’ll be amazed at what you can find close to home! See our recommendations.

Native Plant Gardening

Native plants are a great way to support pollinators, conserve water, and bring California’s beauty right to your doorstep. See this recommended list of locally appropriate plants for your garden along with additional guidance on planting in our region.

Upcoming Events

About Our Chapter

The Tahoe & Sierra Valley Chapter is an intersection of several ecosystems that contribute a large number of native plants for all to enjoy. In our area, we’re proud to be the home of special plants like sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana), mountain pride (Penstemon newberryi), and Tahoe yellowcress (Rorippa subumbellata). But those plants and the habitat surrounding them face increasing pressure from development, drought, and wildfire. We’re everyday community members working together to protect our native plants and vital habitat, so that all residents and visitors can enjoy them for generations to come.

Meet Our Local Leaders

Brett Hall

Tahoe & Sierra Valley Chapter President

Jeannette Halderman

Tahoe & Sierra Valley Secretary

Jaime Ratchford

Tahoe & Sierra Valley Chapter Treasurer

Contact us at Tahoe@cnps.org.

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Sign up for our newsletter for the latest on the chapter plant sale, recent field trips, and our conservation priority!

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