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California Native Plant Society
April 23, 2009

This group gets it about having both very active, local chapters focused on local matters; and a statewide organization that works for common interests for the state. It is an effective organization in its goals of education and conservation both at the local and statewide level. It can also be a lot of fun.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Preserving vernal pool habitat in Sacramento County, and making sure that the rare plants in the state have more protection than they would with the Endangered Species Act alone.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Sharing my enjoyment of nature with others. Another thing is the breadth of things I've been able to do with CNPS--attend and lead hikes, write letters and attend council meetings about local conservation issues, and participate in native plant sales.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

expert in vegetation and botany, motivated, self-directed kind of people. Nice too.

Ways to make it better...

there was more diversity in the organization. The organization's strength is also its weakness--it seems to attract people who are already botanically/environmentally oriented instead of finding ways to inspire a wider audience to become involved.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Volunteer & I have volunteered as a docent in CNPS led wildflower walks, and helped in starting a local native nursery.