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
A month into the dramatic collective action of social distancing, our lives have been turned upside down, but in this moment there is real opportunity for enduring change.
Plans to raise Shasta dam by more than 18 feet will threaten the rare Shasta snow wreath. Help us urge the Fish and Game Commission to list it as an Endangered Species.
Dr. Denise Knapp, conservation director for Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, offers insight for students and young conservation scientists.