CNPS Calendar of Events

10 Steps to Creating a Bird-Friendly Garden (Online)

Event sponsored by Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and Native Plant Resource Teams Presenter:  Brian Dirking This interactive online workshop with Brian Dirking will explore gardening from a bird’s perspective and then delve into the ten elements that can transform your garden into a bird paradise. Send your questions in advance through the registration […]

Native Plant ID

Peninsula Conservation Center 3921 E Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA, United States

Native Plant ID (formerly Keying with Natives) is a Chapter group that works together to learn plant identification using botanical keys and other resources. Tom Lee's presentation will help us learn more about the value of botanical nomenclature. Botanical names can reduce confusion that comes with common plant names. More importantly, botanical names often provide […]

Gardening for Monarch Butterflies, a talk by Shelkie Tao

Cupertino Library Community Room Torre Avenue, Cupertino, California, United States

Since the 1980s, the Western monarch butterfly population has declined by more than 90%. In this talk, we will take a look at the Western monarch butterfly, why its population has declined, and most importantly – how we can help them right now – by gardening using the right native plants. Shelkie Tao is a […]

Native Plant Communities in Montane Meadows; Adapting to Change

Calpine Community Hall 100 Main St, Calpine, CA, United States

During the past 5 years, the montane meadows of the Sierra Nevada have experienced several years of drought (including the driest year on record), the wettest year on record, and large wildfires. Observations of the response of montane meadow plant communities throughout the Sierra Nevada range will be shared from the perspective of meadow vulnerability […]

Photography Group – Photo Sharing Meeting


The CNPS Santa Clara Valley Photo Group meets via Zoom on 4th Fridays, 7-8:50pm. In this supportive peer group, beginners and experts are equally welcome. Folks who just want to see pictures and hear photo tips are welcome too. Register at the link below for the next meeting: After registering, you will receive a […]

Grass Lake Wildflower Walk

Luther Pass South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States

Somewhat easy walk around north and west side above Grass Lake, observing the wildflowers and pollinators in forest openings, seep springs, and sunny hillsides at about 7740’ elev. Walk will be guided by certified California Naturalist John Roos. We will attempt to use the iNaturalist’s Seek app. Meet at first pull-out at north end of […]

Thompson Meadow (Plumas County) Field Visit

This Saturday field visit follows the previous evening's Sierra Meadows/Thompson Valley presentation, Native Plant Communities in Montane Meadows; Adapting to Change. Specific location and driving instructions to the field site will be given at the Friday evening talk. Location: Thompson Valley; 1 hour N of Calpine CA, and NE of Lake Davis We will meet […]

Flowers as Islands, a talk by Tadashi Fukami

Los Altos Public Library 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA, United States

Whether native or introduced, almost all species of plants whose flowers contain nectar host microorganisms like bacteria and yeasts in the nectar. Initially free of microbes, flower nectar gets its microbial inhabitants from bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other flower-visiting animals as they come to sip nectar from flowers. Dr. Fukami's research team at Stanford University […]

Naturehood: Container Gardening 101


Left: Humboldt's lily (Lilium humboldtii), Image: Amina Sharma Right: Large-leaved lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus); Image: Adriana Porter Felt August Naturehood Webinar: Container Gardening 101 August 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Join members of the CNPS Horticulture and Conservation teams to talk about native plants and pots. What plants grow best in containers? How do […]

CNPS Garden Ambassador Seasonal Garden Visits – RSVP only

27000 Pierce Ranch Road, Davis CA 95616

Patricia Carpenter’s Seasonal Summer Ramble Register here for the event You are invited to enjoy Patricia’s native garden on a typical hot summer day.  The garden, a secluded 1-acre wild escape on the slough, is located west of Davis. Started in 2005, it now features about 400 species and cultivars of California native plants. Visit […]