CNPS Workshops

CNPS field workshop

Workshops & Professional Training

California Native Plant Society plant science training workshops provide botanists, biologists, land managers, and ecologists the scientific skills and practical experience necessary to assess, manage, and protect native plants and lands in California and beyond.

Pre-registration is required and many workshops sell out early. Sign up now and secure your spot for 2021 workshops!

COVID-19: All workshop participants need to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of the workshop, providing proof of vaccination/test before attending.*

High Quality, High Value

All CNPS workshops feature:
Expert Instructors
Hands-On Learning
Beautiful Field Sites
Small Class Sizes
Science-Backed Skills

2021 Workshops

Truckee workshop
Photo: Becky Reilly

Rare Plant Survey Methods and Laws/Regulations

Cancelled due to air quality
August 24-25

Truckee, CA
Taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims
$440 CNPS Members / $460 Non-Members

Vernal pool goldfields
Photo: Becky Reilly.

Vegetation Sampling

Cancelled due to air quality
September 8-10

Truckee, CA
Taught by Jennifer Buck-Diaz and Julie Evens
$440 CNPS Members, $540 CNPS Members with lodging accommodations
$460 Non-Members, $560 Non-Member with lodging accommodations

Vernal pool goldfields
Photo: Becky Reilly.

CEQA Impact Assessment

September 14-15
Online on Zoom
Taught by David Magney and Isabella Langone
$25 Students/ Fixed Income
$50 or 75 General (pay what you can)

Online Tools for Vegetation Data

October 25
Online on Zoom
Taught by Jennifer Buck-Diaz and Betsy Harbert
$25 Students/ Fixed Income
$50 or 75 General (pay what you can)

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
Photo: Becky Reilly.

Mitigation Measures & Monitoring

October 4-6
Ventura, CA
Taught by David Magney
$300 CNPS Member / $350 Non-Member

General Information

Before registering, please review our workshop cancellation policy, registration and payment policy, and participant expectations. Note that some details, including exact locations of classroom or field sites, may be subject to change.

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If you have questions about any workshops, or suggestions for future workshop topics and instructors, e-mail Jen Aguilar, jaguilar@cnps.org.

*All workshop participants need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination before attending. If a participant is unvaccinated due to a valid medical reason, we accept a negative COVID-19 test result that is within three days of the workshop start date. Participants are required to send Jen Aguilar (jaguilar@cnps.org) a scan or photo of proof of vaccination/test result. This information will be kept strictly confidential and deleted following review of Education staff. We will notify you when your proof of vaccination has been approved and subsequently deleted. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 state and CDC guidelines. We will be enforcing all recommended guidelines, including mask wearing, social distancing and other protocols. As COVID-19 variants continue to spread, there may be a possibility that we must cancel a workshop(s). By registering for a workshop, you agree to abide by all safety guidelines and protocols; you also acknowledge that a workshop may need to be canceled due to developments related to COVID-19. If CNPS cancels a workshop, your registration fee will be fully refunded. Our top priority is your safety and security, as well as those of participants and CNPS staff.