About our chapter


The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. The Society seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve this rich resource for `future generations. Membership is open to all. Our members have diverse interests including natural history, botany, ecology, conservation, photography, drawing, hiking, and gardening

We are one of more than 30 CNPS chapters spread throughout California. Most CNPS activities are organized at the chapter level where the various interests of individual members can be served, and where there are opportunities for individuals to be involved to the degree that suits them best. The activities of our chapter include:

  • meetings most months of the year with interesting speakers
  • field trips in the area
  • plant sales
  • educational outreach
  • conservation projects

The CNPS has approximately 9,000 CNPS members in the state. Our chapter has approximately 200 members.

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Click here for our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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You are invited to become a member of the CNPS, whether your interests are amateur or professional. To join CNPS, please see our Membership Page.

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See our communications page If you wish to be on our mailing list, to download our newsletter, and to learn about other ways we communicate as a chapter.

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Click here for our Contact Page.

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Elected officers (elected January 2022, serving for 2 years):

President: Helena Bowman
Vice-president: Orchid Black
Secretary: Anh Hoang
Treasurer: Joy Walters
Chapter Council Delegate: Margaret Gallagher

Appointed board members:

2022-2023:  Portia Besocke
  William Hallstrom
  Clifford McLean
  Rebecca Shields-Moose

Committees (thru. Jan. 2024):

(For each committee the chair is listed first. In some instances, committee members other than the chair are not shown.)

Conservation: Rebecca Shields-Moose
  Mickey Long - Advisor
Field trips: Helena Bowman
Grants: Helena Bowman
  Naomi Fraga
  Shelly Magier
Horticulture: Position open
Hospitality: Postition open
Invasive plants: Roger Klemm
Membership: Clifford McLean
  Gabi McLean
Newsletter: Margaret Gallagher
  Graham Bothwell
Outreach: Helena Bowman
Past president: Cliff McLean
Plant sale: Portia Besocke
  Anh Hoang
  Parker Davis
Plant walks: Position open
Programs: Orchid Black - Acting
  Gabi McLean
Rare plants: Jane Tirrell
Social media: William Hallstrom
Web site: Graham Bothwell

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The chapter's board of directors meets regularly on the third Thursday of each odd-numbered month except in July. Members and visitors are always welcome. The meetings are held at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m. NOTE: Meetings are currently not held in person because of the coronavirus situation. For Zoom meeting arrangements, please email info@cnps-sgm.org.

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You can download the following files. (Newsletters are on the Newsletter Page.)

Plant identification workshop slides (.pdf) - a presentation created by Gabi McLean for the workshop held on June 24, 2010

The Evolution of the Sunland Welcome Nature Garden - By Roger Klemm. Presentation given at the chapter meeting, January 28, 2021

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Numerous ways exist for participating in our chapter activities, addressing a wide range of interests. Here is just a sample of them:

- Helpers at our annual plant sale, usually a Saturday in early November (you don't need to be a plant expert)
- Volunteers to lead field trips (any time of year)
- Volunteers to help with current chapter projects
- Volunteers and coordinators for Native Plant Week (3rd week of April)
- Helpers for the state-wide Chapter Council meeting (1st week of March)
- Volunteers to man the tables and displays for chapter outreach at community and educational events (again, you do not need to be a plant expert)

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