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

2024 Workshops

Photo: Alyssa Huante

Rare Plant Survey Protocols

Registration is Full
March 26-28, 2024

Redding, CA
Taught by Heath Bartosh, Aaron E. Sims, & Kristen Nelson, with a guest lecture from Katie Ferguson
$500 CNPS Members / $550 Non-Members

Vernal Pool Botanizing - Carol Witham
Vernal Pool Botanizing. Photo credit: Tara Collins

Vernal Pool Plant Taxonomy

Registration is Full
April 22-24, 2024

Davis, CA
Taught by Carol Witham and Jennifer Buck-Diaz
$550 CNPS Members / $600 Non-Members

CNPS Plant ID workshop
Photo: Becky Reilly.

Introduction to Plant Identification

Registration is Full
June 4-6, 2024
Big Bear, CA
Taught by Sandy Namoff, Nick Jensen, and Brendan Wilce
$600 CNPS Members / $650 Non-Members 

Sensitive Natural Communities Workshop participants at the CNPS 2022 Conference. Photo by Raphaela E. Floreani Buzbee.

Sensitive Natural Communities on the North Coast

August 12-14, 2024
Fort Bragg, CA
Taught by Teresa Sholars and Todd Keeler-Wolf
$500 CNPS Members / $550 Non-Members

Photo: Alyssa Huante

Vegetation Rapid Assessment/Relevé

Registration is Full
August 21-23, 2024
Santa Ynez, CA
Taught by Tom Reyes and Betsy Harbert 
$500 CNPS Members / $550 Non-Members
Optional onsite camping or lodging available

Other tentative workshop topics being planned for later in 2024 or early 2025 include:
Grass Identification: an Introduction
Vegetation Mapping

General Information

Before registering, please review our workshop waiver and photo release, participant expectations, cancellation policy, and registration and payment policy. 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, email 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