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 2022 workshops!

COVID-19: All workshop participants need to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 lab 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

2022 Workshops

Truckee workshop
Photo: Becky Reilly

Rare Plant Survey Methods and Laws/Regulations

Registration is Closed
August 10-11, 2022
Truckee, CA
Taught by Heath Bartosh & Aaron Sims
$460 CNPS Members / $485 Non-Members

Vernal pool goldfields
Photo: Becky Reilly.

Vegetation Sampling

August 30 – September 1, 2022
Santa Cruz, CA
Taught by Jennifer Buck-Diaz and Jaime Ratchford
$460 CNPS Members/ $485 Non-Members

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 and early professionals 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 four weeks before the workshop date that you would like to attend. You will be notified within three 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

Covid Protocols

*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 lab test result that is within three days of the workshop start date. Participants are required to send Alyssa Huante ( 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 are closely monitoring COVID-19 state and CDC guidelines. We will be enforcing all recommended guidelines, such as 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.