Priority Initiatives

Making a difference in California.

Tejon Ranch. Credit Nick Jensen.
Tejon Ranch. Credit Richard Dickey.
Tejon Ranch. Credit Richard Dickey.

Advancing 30×30

30×30 is an international effort to preserve 30% of the Earth’s lands and waters by 2030. Learn more about 30×30 in California and how you can get involved.

Molok Luyuk. Credit Bob Wick.
Molok Luyuk. Credit Bob Wick.

National Monument Campaigns

After the historic national monument expansions that protected Molok Luyuk and added more land to the San Gabriel Mountains NM, CNPS is advocating for Chuckwalla, Kw’tsán, and Sáttítla Medicine Lake Highlands national monuments.

Sparrow on eriogonum. Credit Tony Tubbs.
Sparrow on eriogonum. Credit Tony Tubbs.

Landscapes for Change

Native plants in public and commercial landscapes boost biodiversity, green the urban environment, and save water. CNPS continues to seek legislative solutions to make this a reality.

Cercocarpus betuloides seed. Credit Susan Hinton.
Cercocarpus betuloides seed. Credit Susan Hinton.

The California Native Seed Strategy

Learn more about the California Native Seed Strategy and plans to increase the availability of native seed for habitat restoration in California.

Phacelia lyonii. Credit Aaron Echols from iNaturalist.
Phacelia lyonii. Credit Aaron Echols from iNaturalist.

Ranking and Reviewing
Rare Plants

For more than 50 years, CNPS has been leading efforts to review and rank the rarity of California’s native plants. Learn more about the process.

Vegetation mapping - Kern River stubble height. Credit Pete Brommer.
Vegetation mapping – Kern River stubble height. Credit Pete Brommer.

Mapping and Monitoring
CA Vegetation

The CNPS Vegetation Program is an ongoing partner in vegetation mapping and classification reporting. Dive into the latest reports.

Credit Amy Patten.
Credit Amy Patten.

Expanding Opportunities in Education

From hands-on workshops to school gardens to student grants, learn more about ways that native plant education changes lives.

Credit Jonathan Kemper
Credit Jonathan Kemper

Growing the CA Landscaper Certification

Created and taught by California native plant experts, this program is designed to provide job training for existing and aspiring landscape professionals.

Bush poppy. Credit Dennis Mudd

Building the Future of Calscape

The resource for native plant gardeners, Calscape.org unveiled a new design in 2024 with expanded features! CNPS continues to add more resources to make native gardening achievable for everyone.