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
Ruling cited a range of issues, including, wildfire risks, climate change, protection of the endangered Quino Checkerspot Butterfly, and lack of affordable housing.
Governor Newsom signs CNPS-sponsored AB 223 into law, providing important new protections for California’s imperiled dudleyaAuthored by San Diego Assemblymember Chris Ward, AB 223 is part of an effort to stop rampant poaching of dudleya plants by making it illegal to remove them from state and private lands without a permit or landowner permission and by establishing penalties for those convicted of doing so. AB 223 is the first piece of California legislation that deals specifically with plant poaching.
Bloom! California is a statewide effort led by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) to increase the promotion, sale and use of native plants. Over 75 nurseries have partnered to offer a curated selection of native plants, bolstered by accessible and inspirational educational resources for consumers, including a Gardener’s Guide, Bloom! California website, video series and more.