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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The mission of CNPS is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.

Results: CNPS is helping make the home gardener more environmentally friendly with our online tool, Calscape, found on our home page. Our citizen science initiative, the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, is locating and helping rare plants across the state. Recently, we successfully petitioned for the first plant in nearly a decade to be added to the California Endangered Species list, the Livermore tarplant, known to only two populations in the East Bay. Donate online by going to our homepage, cnps.org.

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: Vegetation science, Rare Plant science, Horticulture science, Education, and Conservation. Since 1965, CNPS has worked hard to protect California's native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations. CNPS actively promotes the use of science in land use and management decisions through our Online Rare Plant Inventory and essential reference book: Manual of California Vegetation, 2nd Edition, both of which are the most advanced resources available for identifying and managing critical habitat in California. We work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Brian163

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a life long nursery professional, arborist and horticulture consultant as well as a California native I have found so many amazing people within the California Native Plant Society who have shared their passion and knowledge with me. The pride and dedication to preserve and educate others about the wonderful native plants of out great state is unmatched in my experience. No matter your experience or knowledge this gtoup will teach you something every day. That is what life is all about.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are keepers of knowledge, inspired to service through passion and appreciation. Endless advocacy, education, planting, weeding, field trips and communications. The plant realm needs them today more than ever. These photos show common yarrow, California brittlebush & California buckwheat found in my city.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When it was time to replace my lawn with drought tolerant plants, they provided education, assistance with selection, historical framing of the importance of native plants, and made drought tolerant landscaping accessible to me. Their services and nursery made re-landscaping affordable and helped me to understand the importance of native plants.

Rebecca188

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fabulous non-profit. The CNPS does a great job locally, with its chapters, and on a statewide level with resources, trainings, and conservation work.

Kate103

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization! Especially important here in the San Joaquin Valley, where native plants are few and far between, and drought is having a tremendous impact on both agricultural and natural habitats.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We follow each other on Twitter, where I enjoy their useful tips and important stories.

Native plants can save money, by saving water, and can save species by providing food and habitat. Plant native!
-SaunieInDiego

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a backyard gardener. Interested in using native plants to create a natural ecosystem. Calif. Native Plant Society has been marvelous as an informational resource, and a place to purchase healthy native plants at reasonable prices. Their annual plant sale is a must do for me every year.

1 Laura317

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for CNPS for over 10 years. The society is volunteer driven with local chapters, and a fantastic resource to learn about amazing native plants and related topics like gardening, butterflies, habitats, geology, etc. etc. CNPS is an important voice, speaking for the deserts, the wild spaces, the people who need connections with our heritage. California's flora is one of the most incredible in the world, and CNPS is striving to protect it and helping us all to understand it better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started attending California Native Plant Society's free library lectures to learn about California native plants. Then I joined the society and now I volunteer to teach others about the unique flora of California and how important it is to preserve the unique ecosystems. I have learned much, and seen much. I'm also impressed at how many people contribute to the organization on a volunteer basis. It is an important institution.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CNPS placer county wikdflowers, and shrubs and trees books have been an invaluable resource. They are masterpieces and have helped plan our natives garden that will attract butterflies, bees, other beneficials and hummingbirds. CNPS's collaborative role in Calscape is monumental. Excellent organization for supporting habitat reatoration one home garden at a time. Great also for organic gardening. CNPS is simply the best!