• Among the corn lilies
  • Iron Mountain & East Fork
  • Crystal Lake
  • Mt. Pinos
  • Desert Pines Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Big Pines Meadow
  • Among the corn lilies
  • Iron Mountain & East Fork
  • Crystal Lake
  • Mt. Pinos
  • Desert Pines Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Big Pines Meadow



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.

California Seed Bank
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.: Seed conservation at the California Seed Bank, with Cheryl Berker: Join Cheryl Birker for a virtual tour of The California Seed Bank at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden — the largest seed bank dedicated to the conservation of California's native flora. You will learn about the facility, the collection, and current conservation projects that have been bringing us closer to our goal of conserving each and every plant species native to California and the California Floristic Province.

Cheryl Birker is the Seed Conservation Program Manager at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG). She has been at RSABG since 2014, initially working on the garden's Seeds of Success and Restoration crews before taking a management position at the California Seed Bank in 2016.

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No meetings in November and December: Meetings resume in January.

Past programs of our chapter: See the Past Activities page.

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CNPS-SGM Research Grants for 2020: The San Gabriel Mountains chapter announces the 2020 grant program open to students and others with an interest in the flora of southern California. We will award four one-year grants, two to graduate students or others for $1000 each, and two to undergraduates or others for $500 each. The deadline for applications is December 13, 2019.  For more information, please see the Requests for Proposals, which you can download by clicking on the following links:

For the $1000 grants: Click to download the Request for Proposals.
For the $500 grants: Click to download the Request for Prooposals.

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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.

Eaton Canyon Plant Walks

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:  
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 09:00

No walks in July and August

Sunday, September  8, 2019, 09:00

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 09:00

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 09:00

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 09:00

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Field outings for 2019

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.

Sand dunes in Baja
Thursday to Monday, October 24-28, 2019: Baja Conservation Field Trip:

Have you been hearing about conservation efforts in Baja over the last few years? Have you been curious how you can get involved? Now's your chance! CNPS-SGM chapter board member, Katie Gallagher, has spent a number of years on a research and land management project at a nature preserve near San Quintin, Baja California. This year, she is opening up her project to members and friends of both CNPS and Southern California Botanists (SCB)! Spend less than two days helping control Tamarisk, an invasive tree, then spend two days exploring the wonders of the native desert habitats. Drive through forests of cardon cacti and boojum trees, stand in one place and touch nine different cactus species, and camp in one of the last intact sand dunes in western North America.

All nights will be spent camping, so bring your own food. Speaking Spanish is not necessary. You will need passport, international health insurance, and car insurance. We will carpool and caravan down from Pasadena’s Eaton Canyon Nature Center early in the morning on Thursday, October 24, 2019, and return by the evening of Monday, October 28, 2019.

For further information, see our Baja trip web page, or contact Katie Gallagher (katiejgallagher@gmail.com). Bienvenidos a Baja!

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Past outings/field trips of our chapter: See the Past Events page.

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Statewide and other CNPS chapter events

None currently listed here: You may find relevant items on the state CNPS web site.

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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.

The Paintbrush Quest: A survey of Castilleja gleasoni, our chapter logo. Click here for the Paintbrush Quest pages.

Millard Canyon Project — a fundraiser in support of Altadena Foothills Conservancy

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Next board meeting: See the Our Chapter page. Everyone is welcome.

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Our Annual Plant Sale

Held in early November, typically the first Saturday, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. See the Plant sale page for details.

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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 treehuggers@ca.rr.com 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.)

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Click here for the past activities page.

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