Advancing the native plant mission is a multi-disciplinary effort. Our work is diverse by design, blending science and conservation with gardening and education. Together, we are the voice for native plants. Select from the options below to learn about our core programs.
Many more people focus on animals than plants, or they focus on the human-environment issues. All of these are important, but CNPS fills a specific and important role in protecting natural diversity in California. CNPS has done more than any other group — perhaps in the world — in caring for our native flora.
Susan Cochrane Levitsky
CNPS Legacy Member and former chief of the CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife Natural Heritage Division
From the Blog
The Wildlife Conservation Board voted to deny a controversial deal between CDFW and developers to swap land in the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve for land of lesser ecological value.
Wreath Masters, a friendly competition between botanic gardens, nurseries, CNPS and other partners throughout the state challenges participants to create holiday wreaths made with California native plants.
Ecological restoration is central to the well-being of Indigenous communities, who have tended, burned, and harvested California's ecosystems for millennia.