The transition from college to a career is both an opportunity and challenge. Fortunately, many people in the CNPS community have been where you are today.  If you’re a student interested in ecology, conservation, and especially native plants, CNPS can be an active support for you in your journey. Here are a few ways to tap into the CNPS network. (In addition to these resources, we encourage you to contact us at with questions or suggestions.)

Conferences and Symposia — Attending scientific and conservation conferences and talks is a great way to meet like-minded people, hear from experts, present your research, and, of course, network! By becoming a CNPS member, you’ll receive important updates on events near you along with student and member discounts to make your attendance affordable. Learn about conferences and upcoming events.

Local Chapters — One of the best ways to make connections  in your desired field is to get involved in your local CNPS chapter. Your local chapter hosts monthly meetings and presentations, restoration activities, rare plant and conservation committees, and more. Find your local chapter here.

Social Media — Make sure you follow CNPS and similar organizations on social media, where we regularly post job announcements and scholarship opportunities. CNPS Twitter. CNPS Facebook. CNPS Instagram.

Rare Plant Treasure Hunters study streptanthus breweri
Rare Plant Treasure Hunters study streptanthus breweri.

Additional resources and information

Herbaria, Collections and Databases

Leading Collections of California Native Plants

Taxonomic Resources

General Botany Resources

Buckeye sutterly on buckwheat. Credit Stephen Rosenthal.
Buckeye butterfly on buckwheat. Credit Stephen Rosenthal.

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