• 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. These are currently held using Zoom, at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month except November and December. All in-person chapter gatherings are currently canceled because of the coronavirus situation.

[Previously, in-person meetings were 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. These meetings were preceded from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. by social time and informal plant identification. We hope to have in-person meetings again before long.]

Snow plant
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m.: Members' Native Plant Photo and Art Show, ZOOM meeting: It’s time for our traditional Members' Native Plant Photo and Art Show. This being a virtual meeting, as it was last year, 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 to attend the Zoom show as well.

To participate in the slideshow, please select up to twelve photographs that you would like to share. Please use an aspect ratio of 16:9. 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.

Those who contribute photos are invited to narrate them live during the meeting.

Please submit your files by Monday, September 20. They can be uploaded using our website’s upload page at https://cnps-sgm.org/upload. Alternatively, you can share a DropBox or OneDrive folder with Orchid Black at coyotemint@gmail.com. Or you can send her a link to your preferred photo website. where she can download the files. Image files should be JPG, PNG, or TIF format, preferably at full resolution. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own PowerPoint or OpenOffice slides at 16:9 aspect ratio.

We hope you will join us to see the always-beautiful photographs in this annual event, whether or not you submit slides. And if you are personally unable to 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 847 3619 55775, passcode 773093
- To join the meeting by telephone, 1-669-900-9128 (San Jose) and enter the ID: 847 3619 5577, Passcode: 773093

No meetings in November and December: Meetings resume in January. But please come to our annual plant sale on November 6, at the Monrovia Historical Museum.

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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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:

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 regular Volunteer Day RESUMES on May 15! Please come along and help!

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
Despite very little rain this winter, we had a modest display of wildflowers. Throughout the pandemic period many people made good use of the park. The park lives on! And so it's time to resume regular maintenance! Please join us to 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
Dates (third Saturday):
2021 dates:  May 15, June 19, September 18, October 16, November 20
(No scheduled cleanup in July, August, and December.)
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.

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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