Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular meetings, held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except July, August, November, and December. The meetings are preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.
PLEASE NOTE: We are current using Zoom for our monthly program meetings, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. All phycisal chapter gatherings are currently canceled because of the coronavirus situation.
Past programs of our chapter: For a listing of past chapter activities over several years, see the Past Activities page.
Presentations from past chapter meetings: Click here to see video recordings or to download slides from selected chapter meetings.
CNPS SGM T-shirt Contest: The San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is holding a contest for a new t-shirt design! We are looking for submissions of artwork featuring native plants of the San Gabriel Mountains. The winning design should capture the beautiful spirit of our beloved mountain biomes. Submissions are due by January 10, 2021. The winning artwork will be printed on our chapter t-shirt, and the winning artist will receive a prize of $500. Click here for details.
Email notification: If you wish to be notified by email of upcoming field trips, please click here to subscribe to our email list.
Leaders: Each outing has one or more appointed leaders. It is not necessary to contact the leader beforehand in order to participate. All you need to do is turn up for the event.
Plant walks are held on the second Sunday of each month except July and August.
Meet inside Eaton Canyon Nature Center on the back patio at 9:00 a.m. Then go on a leisurely walk, about 2 hours, through the native plant garden that surronds the Center and into the nearby wild areas. The walk is different each time — what's leafing out, flowering, in seed, etc., determines what your leade will talk about — and different leaders bring drifferent points of view.
Eaton Canyon Nature Center Current plant walks cancelled: The plant walks usually held on the second Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. are currently cancelled because of the coronavirus situation.
We sponsor outings on occasional dates throughout the year, usually on a Saturday. The walking ranges from easy, typically on wide fire roads, to moderately strenuous, such as on forest trails. If a convenient place is available nearby, we love to picnic afterward. Weather is unpredictable; snow, rain, fire and ice cancel.
Important note: The chapter does not advertise all field trips in the newsletter. Instead we have two levels of field trip, those with dates known well ahead to places expected to be good regardless of the season; and spur-of-the-moment trips organized with 1 to 2 weeks of notice, based on seasonal conditions and notified via this web site, email, and Facebook. This gives us more flexibility in finding wildflowers in bloom or fall color at its peak.
No field trips are currently planned: All public chapter events are currently cancelled because of the coronavirus situation.
Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.
None currently listed here: You may find relevant items on the state CNPS web site.
Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:
Lily Spring Area Survey: Click here for the Lily Spring Area Survey page.
Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.
Our Annual Plant Sale
Held in early November, typically the first Saturday, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.
South Pasadena Nature Park Monthly volunteering at South Pasadena Nature Park:
PLEASE NOTE: The regular Volunteer Day is CANCELED because of coronavirus concerns.
The South Pas Nature Park (officially the South Pasadena Arroyo Seco Woodland and Wildlife Park) is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco in South Pasadena.
Each month volunteers weed and clean up in the park. Join us to meet your neighbors, enjoy the park, and make your community a better place.
Current volunteer Opportunities
Wildflower season is about six months away. Let's get ready by sowing native wildflower seeds throughout the park. Please join us to sow seeds, remove litter and weeds, maintain paths, and enjoy the nature park with your neighbors.
When and where
Location: 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of York Street Bridge
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Note that there a second volunteer day added in February, in addition to the regular third Saturday, in order to continue removing weeds before they go to seed.
2020 winter/spring:: Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Mar. 21, Apr, 18, May 16, Jun. 20 (all dates currently canceled)
On the internet:
Wild Suburbia: http://www.weedingwildsuburbia.com/nature-park/
Email email@example.com for more information and to receive email announcements of park events.
Sunland Welcome Nature Garden Volunteer opportunity: Sunland Welcome Nature Garden: The Sunland Welcome Nature Garden, a volunteer native plant garden on Sunland Boulevard at the 210 freeway, is a showcase of local native plants. Stop in and smell the flowers, visit the garden's Facebook page, or contact the garden's instigator Roger Klemm at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to join in the next workday.
Natural Sciences Section of Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2015 outings: For their current schedule, please see their web site (click here.)