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.

High Quality, High Value

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

2023 Workshops

Photo: Alyssa Huante

Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé

May 24-26, 2023
Monterey County, CA
Taught by Mark Bibbo and Betsy Harbert
$450 CNPS Members / $500 Non-Members
With onsite lodging: $490 CNPS Members / $540 Non Members

CNPS Plant ID workshop
Photo: Becky Reilly.

Introduction to Plant Identification

August 8-10, 2023
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Taught by Sandy Namoff, Nick Jensen, and Brendan Wilce
$550 CNPS Members / $600 Non-Members 
With onsite lodging: $645.10 CNPS Members / $695.10 Non-Members

Photo: Alyssa Huante

Rare Plant Survey Protocols

August 17-18, 2023 
San Luis Obispo, CA
Taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims
$450 CNPS Members / $500 Non-Members

Oaks near Hog Lake outside Redding. Photo: Becky Reilly
Oaks near Hog Lake outside Redding. Photo: Becky Reilly

CEQA Impact Assessment

September 20-21, 2023 
Online on Zoom
Taught by David Magney and Isabella Langone
$75 Students/ Fixed Income
$125 or $175 General (sliding scale, pay what you can)

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 Alyssa Huante,

Scholarships Available

CNPS is committed to reducing barriers and broadening participation in our workshops. We are offering financial support opportunities for students, early professionals, or anyone who may not otherwise be able to attend. This scholarship will cover the cost of one CNPS plant science workshop. In some instances, CNPS will also provide monetary assistance for travel and accommodations. 

The scholarship form is due six weeks before the workshop date that you would like to attend. You will be notified within four weeks of the workshop date about the financial aid determination. Please fill out the form below to be considered as a potential recipient of a workshop scholarship.

Scholarship Application