• Among the corn lilies
  • At Bob's Gap
  • Iron Mountain & East Fork
  • Returning from Mt. Lowe
  • Mojave Desert bloom
  • High in the mountains
  • Among the corn lilies
  • At Bob's Gap
  • Iron Mountain & East Fork
  • Returning from Mt. Lowe
  • Mojave Desert bloom
  • High in the mountains



Both members and visitors are welcome at our regular monthly meetings, held at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December. Meetings are held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

As of September 2022 our chapter gatherings are once again held in-person, and can be viewed simultaneously on Zoom. In line with current Los Angeles County recommendations, masks are strongly recommended for indoor public settings — but we especially welcome your in-person presence if you can.

As occurred previously, we plan that before long our meetings will be preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification.

Canejo Ridge in spring
Thursday, January 26, 2023, 7:30 p.m.: How the adventure of eco-gardening can lead to positive community change, with Robin Smith: This will be an in-person talk at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, and will also be accessible on Zoom.

Cynthia "Robin" Smith shares the story of her unexpected journey of love, loss and conservation of the Puente-Chino Hills' natural communities.

In 2017, Robin began to transform her yard from a sterile, ornamental landscape to an intact wildlife habitat. Today "Conejo Ridge Native Garden" is recognized by the Walnut Valley Water District as a carbon negative, demonstration garden, serving local communities. Conejo Ridge Native Garden is located in the City of Diamond Bar, on the unceded lands of the KIZH Nation.

As former Conservation Committee Chair of the Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter and current Chair of the Diamond Bar - Pomona Valley Sierra Club Task Force, Robin has built her activism on local, applied conservation practices. Her native garden serves as a base of  outreach, education and advocacy for the threatened habitats in the Puente Hills.

The indigenous natural communities prominent in the Puente-Chino Hill region include: Oak-Walnut woodland, Sycamore-Willow riparian, Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub and Oak Savannah.

Zoom instructions: This will be a hybrid meeting, both in person and on Zoom. To join the meeting via Zoom, click the following link:
Passcode: 795450
Or by telephone:  +1 720 707 2699 (Denver — long distance charges may apply)
Meeting ID: 822 4861 0074   Passcode 795450

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.

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Diversity and Inclusion Statement: At it's meeting on November 19, 2020, the chapter's board of directors adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Statement as an initial step to expanding the chapter's community engagement. Click here or the image to see the statement.

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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 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.

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Field outings for 2022

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.

Angeles Crest HIghway
Saturday, Julyt 23, 2022, 9:00 a.m.: Angeles Crest Highway:
Grade: Easy (this is a car tour). Leaders: Orchid Black with the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter and Bill Neill with the Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of CNPS.

This mid-summer outing to the San Gabriel Mountains will view geology features along 35 miles of Angeles Crest Highway, plus native plants near the Buckhorn Campground at 6,300 feet elevation.

To participate in this outing, and for logistical questions, please RSVP to Bill Neill at bgneill@earthlink.net.

We will meet in La Cañada Flintridge at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, where participants will have the option of forming carpools for the drive to Buckhorn Campground and back to La Cañada. All vehicles entering the national forest should carry and display an Adventure Pass or Senior Pass. The tour will end in the early afternoon, followed by picnic lunch at the Burkhart Trailhead and then the return drive, finishing around 3 p.m.

Directions: The meeting place is on Angeles Crest Highway just north of the Foothill Freeway, I-210. Park along Flanders Road, near the intersection of Flanders Road and Wiladonda Drive, 20 feet east of ACH, accessed via Milmada Drive; Flanders Road is parallel and adjacent to ACH for 3 blocks, separated from ACH by a narrow divider.  The right turn to Milmada Drive is 300 feet north from the westbound freeway exit, and 500 feet north from the eastbound freeway exit. The meeting location at Wiladonda Drive is two blocks (500 feet) north of Milmada Drive.

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

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Statewide and other CNPS chapter events

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Our chapter becomes involved in projects from time to time. Some recent projects include:

2021 T-shirt Artwork Contest

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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South Pasadena Nature Park
Monthly volunteering at South Pasadena Nature Park: 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, and carry out improvement projects. Join us to meet your neighbors, enjoy the park, and make your community a better place.

Current volunteer Opportunities
Despite very little rain this winter, we had a modest display of wildflowers last spring. Throughout the pandemic period many people made good use of the park. The park lives on! And so regular development and maintenance continue! Please join us to remove litter and weeds, maintain paths, and enjoy the nature park with your neighbors. We are also working on a more welcoming and visible entrance (the Arroyo Entrance) from the recreational path that runs along the Arroyo Seco channel from Lohman Lane, along the golf course to the York Street bridge.

When and where
100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of York Street Bridge
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Dates (third Saturday, except in December):
Forthcoming dates:
2022: October 15, November 19 (including Smart Gardening Workshop at 10 a.m.), no work in December
2023: January 21 (planting party), February 18, March 19, April 15, Mary 20, June 17, no scheduled work in July and August
Dates are tentative. Please confirm on Facebook, WeedingWIldSuburbia, or email.

On the internet:
Wild Suburbia: http://www.weedingwildsuburbia.com/nature-park/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/South-Pasadena-Arroyo-Seco-Woodland-and-Wildlife-Park-153086364717751/

Email barbara.eisenstein@gmail.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 treehuggers@ca.rr.com for more information or to join in the next workday.

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Click here for the past activities page.

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