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California Native Plant Society

Due Date: 2026-01-02T21:00:00.000Z
The mission of CNPS is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants. 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. If you want to apply as a volunteer, please, go to page Join teams working on locally initiated projects and local teams working on statewide programs Assist at chapter plant sales, garden tours, wildflower shows, and hikes Plan an activity Introduce new members to people and opportunities in CNPS Lead a chapter program or project Run for a chapter office Volunteer at local arboretums and parks with planting, weeding, tours, and designing educational signs and brochures and programs Sponsor a school garden Survey and monitor vegetation in local wild lands Comment with experienced chapter members on general plans and environmental impact reports Find out how to provide data and specimens to local herbariums and the Rare Plant program Attend association, city, and county meetings to identify issues of local vegetation importance Sign up for action alerts Follow and analyze state legislative issues Research, analyze, and develop CNPS policies Assist in the Sacramento state office Join the host team when Chapter Council meetings are in your part of the state Set up fundraising events Write donor and volunteer appreciation letters for your chapter Write an article or proofread for your local chapter’s newsletter Contribute pictures to the Vegetation Photo Library Assist with workshops Offer your skills to state program directors Become an expert of a land area, habitat type, or species. Our website is, contact email is, contact phone is 916-447-2677

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