• High in the mountains
  • Among the corn lilies
  • Desert Pines Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mojave Desert bloom
  • At Bob's Gap
  • Mt. Pinos
  • High in the mountains
  • Among the corn lilies
  • Desert Pines Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mojave Desert bloom
  • At Bob's Gap
  • Mt. Pinos



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.

Davidson's phacelia
Thutsday, September 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.: Members' Native Plant Photo and Art Show, ZOOM meeting: It’s time for our traditional Member’s Native Plant Photo and Art Show. This year, as it is a virtual meeting, let’s have the slides include not only your favorite native-plant-related photographs, but also photos of any original drawn or other art work. You are most welcome to be present and enjoy the slides, even if you have none of your own to share. Non-members are invited, too.

To participate in the slideshow, please select up to twelve photographs that you would like to share. If you can, please identify the plants in each photograph with common names and/or botanical names, or those attending can help identify them. And please tell us where you saw them. Also, please include descriptions/captions for any art work.

Submit digital image files, by Monday, September 21, to Orchid Black at coyotemint@gmail.com. Alternatively, especially if files are large (greater than 2 MB), you can send Orchid a link to your preferred photo website where she can download them, or you can upload the files using our website’s upload page at https://cnps-sgm.org/upload. Files can be JPG or other image formats, preferably at full resolution. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own PowerPoint or OpenOffice slides at 4x3 aspect ratio and send them.

We hope you will join us to see the always-beautiful photographs in this annual event, whether you are showing your own work or not. And if you are unable to personally attend this virtual meeting, you are still welcome to submit your images and we’ll gladly include them in the show.

ZOOM meeting instructions:
- To join this Zoom meeting, click here
- Or go to https://zoom.us and enter ID 917 6071 5565
- To join the meeting by telephone, 1-669-900-9128 (San Jose) and enter the ID: 917 6071 5565

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

Video recordings of past chapter presentations and activities: Click here for the Video Recordings page.

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Special announcements: None at this time

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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 2020

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.

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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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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
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/
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.

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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