California Native Plant Society

Protecting California’s Native Plants and Places Since 1965

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To conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.


Since its beginnings, the California Native Plant Society has been a leading voice in plant science and native plant appreciation, making it one of the foremost native plant organizations in the world. As a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to conserving California native plants and their natural habitats, they work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices.

CNPS Goals

  • Promote understanding and engagement through education, plant science, advocacy, land stewardship and native plant gardening.
  • Develop heightened awareness of the essential value of native plants, plant communities and healthy ecosystems to our collective well being.
  • Foster an experience of native plants throughout the state in different ways, including natural environments and human-made landscapes.
  • Preservation of California’s extensive and interconnected natural habitats.
  • Provide reliable and comprehensive information on California native plants and plant conservation.
  • Influence personal ethics and actions, as well as public policy for native plant protection.
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The Work

CNPS work is diverse by design, blending science and conservation with gardening and education. See how they get the job done, from data mapping to gardens.

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Get Involved!

CNPS has 35 chapters statewide. Find one near you to get involved in hikes, conservation, gardening, and more!

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CNPS Roots

Meet the people whose vision and continued support make CNPS goals a reality.

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